Pelvic Floor Muscle Training in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Mar 4, 2025
  • participants needed
    80
  • sponsor
    Herlev and Gentofte Hospital
Updated on 4 June 2022
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Summary

Erectile dysfunction affects about 40% of all men above the age of 40 and the prevalence increases with increasing age. It is not possible to cure the condition as current forms of treatment are aimed solely at improving symptoms. Treatment options today include medications, injection therapy, and vacuum pumps, among others. However, pelvic floor muscle training is a natural, inexpensive, and non-invasive form of treatment that is used to a limited extent.

Theoretically, a strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles can help increase the intracavernous pressure and thereby the hardness of the erection. Furthermore, tense pelvic floor muscles can help compress pelvic veins and reduce blood flow away from the penis which prolongs the erection. Finally, it is possible that pelvic floor muscle training can contribute to an increased blood supply to the pelvic floor and the penis which will have positive effects in relation to both the integrity of the penile tissue and the physiological erection mechanism itself.

This study aims to investigate the effect of pelvic floor muscle training in men with erectile dysfunction.

The study hypothesis is that pelvic floor training can provide a clinically significant improvement in the erection function at individual patient level

Details
Condition Erectile Dysfunction
Treatment Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05385822
SponsorHerlev and Gentofte Hospital
Last Modified on4 June 2022

Eligibility

Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Erectile Dysfunction for more than 6 months
IIEF-EF score < 25
In a stable heterosexual relationship in minimum of 3 months (since all questionnaires are only validated for heterosexuals)

Exclusion Criteria

Known psychiatric, neurological, and/or endocrine disorders (including hypogonadism with total testosterone <12 nmol / l)
Traumatic nerve damage
Diabetes
Previous surgery or radiotherapy in the pelvic region
Nerve disorders that prevent nerve connection to the pelvic floor muscles
Severe heart disease in the form of unstable angina, NYHA class > II heart failure, uncontrolled arrhythmia or severe symptomatic and/or severe valvular disease
Use of anti-androgen drugs Peyronie's disease and/or previous cases of priapism
Alcohol overconsumption (more than 21 items per week)
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