Botox might help beat erectile dysfunction, study suggests

Botox to beat the erection problem! Injections directly into the penis ‘could help impotent men’

  • Botox shows ‘clear benefit’ for men suffering from erectile dysfunction
  • Belgian urologists reviewed seven studies involving more than 360 men
  • The drug is not currently approved for erectile dysfunction in the UK or US.

It may be known for removing wrinkles.

But scientists say Botox can also correct erectile difficulties in men.

Injecting impotent men directly into their penis relaxes the organ and allows it to rush into the blood.

Belgian urologists said the treatment showed ‘clear benefit’, although more research is needed.

Jab only worked for three months.

About half of all men suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives.

What is an erection hardness scale?

Doctors use a four-point scale to evaluate the strength of erections.

The scale is self-reported and depends on the man’s opinion.

It is measured as:

0: the penis is not growing;

1: the penis is bigger but not hard;

2: the penis is hard but not hard enough for penetration;

3: the penis is hard enough for penetration but not completely hard;

4: the penis is completely hard and completely hard

NHS doctors are not currently allowed to give Botox to impotent men, despite studies suggesting it helps.

Instead, medications are given to lower blood pressure or statins, often due to difficulties caused by circulatory problems.

Viagra can be purchased over the counter from pharmacies, while Cialis, Levitra and Spedra require doctor approval.

Botox is also not approved in the US, although it is offered in some private clinics.

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The new research, published in the journal Urology, reviewed seven studies on Botox and erectile dysfunction.

Studies involving 362 men date back to the 1990s and included human and animal data.

The review did not specify whether all men had erectile dysfunction or how severe their cases were.

Either Botox or a placebo was injected into the base of their penis.

Efficacy was measured using the erectile hardness scale.

It measures the strength of an erection on a four-point scale, ranging from zero (penis not enlarged) to four (penis fully rigid and fully rigid).

They also measured blood flow to the penis with an ultrasound and surveyed the men to determine the degree of erectile dysfunction before and after treatment.

One study showed that about half of those given Botox responded positively on all three counts up to three months later.

But the effects wore off after six months.

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Another showed that 40 percent of impotent men who received the injection were able to have sex three months after treatment.

The team, led by Dr Rawad Abou Zahr, a urologist at Université Libre de Bruxelles, said all studies have shown that Botox helps improve erection problems.

As for benefit time from BoNT-A injections, the above studies identified a clear benefit during the first three months of treatment.

‘This benefit appears to be receding, reaching the six-month duration. This highlights the importance of maintenance regimens in such patients.’

But they said the small sample size means more studies are needed and Botox shouldn’t be used for the emergency room until clinical trials are over.

Botox is thought to improve erections by temporarily relaxing the smooth muscles in the walls of blood vessels in the penis.

It usually blocks nerve signals that compress these muscles, meaning more blood can enter the organ.


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