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What You Should Know About Massage Therapy and Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to either get or maintain an erection. Symptoms of ED include an erection that doesn’t last long enough and an erection that isn’t hard enough for sexual activity.

Many men experience ED issues. Not being able to achieve an erection on occasion is rarely cause for concern. If you find that you’re unable to get or keep an erection for more than a few weeks, there may be an underlying problem. This may cause stress, anxiety, or relationship issues.

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Talking with your doctor can help you determine the cause of for your ED issues. If a cause is diagnosed, you can often begin treatment immediately. Being honest with yourself, your partner, and your doctor can help you seek out a diagnosis and a remedy for your ED problems.

What is prostatic massage?

Today, the most common treatments for ED include:

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  • oral medications
  • penis pumps
  • implants
  • surgery

Lifestyle changes can also help improve your overall health. These changes include losing weight and quitting smoking. Over time, these improvements can benefit your sexual health and performance.

Before these more modern treatments, men relied on massage to ease their ED symptoms. Before the introduction of prescription medicines, prostatic massage was the primary treatment for ED. Some men still use it today in combination with other treatments.

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Prostatic massage is thought to help men with ED by clearing the prostatic duct. Massage might also interrupt infections and eliminate blocked fluids. A few studies have found that men who get prostate massage for the symptoms of ED experience improvement.

Unfortunately, these studies have been small. Prostatic massage isn’t considered a mainstream form of ED treatment. Even still, for some men, this alternative option may be helpful in addition to other forms of treatment.

Finding a practitioner

If you’re working with your urologist, your family health practitioner, or a sexual health expert already, ask them to help you locate a prostatic massage practitioner. Some doctors who specialize in ED or prostatitis treatment may have a practitioner on staff or have one they can recommend to you. Some doctors may even perform prostatic massage themselves.

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Make sure that the person you select is trained specifically for prostatic massage. A general massage therapist usually isn’t capable of performing this specialized type of medical treatment. Although it may be tempting, Internet videos for do-it-yourself prostatic massage likely won’t be very helpful for your purposes.

Your health insurance may not cover this type of treatment unless a medical doctor performs it. Before you begin the massage treatments, call your health insurance company and request coverage verification. Ask the massage practitioner to do the same. If these treatments aren’t covered, talk with your doctor or the massage therapist about the out-of-pocket costs. Each session may not seem expensive, but you may be committing yourself to several dozen sessions before your treatment is complete. That can become a burden on your wallet.

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What to expect at an appointment

Much like other types of massage, prostatic massage is designed to massage the tissues in and around your groin gently but firmly. In most studies, men underwent a massage treatment three to four times per week for at least four weeks. Depending on your symptoms, you may need more frequent treatments or a longer treatment period.

Prognosis

In the limited studies, the long-term effects of prostatic massage have been promising. After several weeks of treatment, many men in these studies experienced fewer issues with ED. The long-term benefits of this type of treatment aren’t known, though. The research is limited.

This type of treatment isn’t thought to be harmful or dangerous. Your doctor may suggest you undergo periods of prostatic massage every few years to help ease your symptoms. If an underlying cause is found and treated, you may not need the massage after all.

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