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Massage For Erectile Dysfunction: Is It Effective?

Kristin Hall, FNP

Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP

Written by Our Editorial Team

Last updated 8/5/2021

If you deal with erectile dysfunction (ED), chances are you’ll try just about anything to correct it. 

From lifestyle changes to medications, there are a number of things you can do to deal with this irritating issue. 

One sometimes-used treatment that’s not as commonly spoken about is prostatic massage. But what is it? And does it work? But first, learn a bit more about erectile dysfunction.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction? 

Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition that’s probably more common than you may think. It affects about 30 million American men and a quarter of them are under forty. 

As for men over forty? Statistics suggest that over 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 experience ED at some point in their lives. But why?

Well, to understand ED, you need to know what should happen when you get an erection. 

Upon sexual arousal, the normal response is that your brain sends signals to your penis’ blood vessels. Blood flow increases and it gets trapped in the corpora cavernosa (two long chambers in the penis). 

Erectile dysfunction happens when something goes wrong with this process. Technically, it’s defined as not being able to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex.

As we mentioned before, ED can affect anyone, though it’s most common in men between the ages of 40 and seventy. 

In addition to age, here are some of the most common things that can cause ED:

  • Cardiovascular issues

  • High blood pressure

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Neurological diseases

  • Prostate cancer

  • Stress, anxiety, or depression

  • Relationship and other emotional issues

  • Obesity 

  • Illegal drug use

  • Drinking too much alcohol 

Sometimes erectile dysfunction will go away on its own (if the underlying cause of the ED is rectified), but often it will require treatment of some sort. 

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Prostatic Massage for Erectile Dysfunction

Prostatic massage commonly called prostate milking, this type of treatment is a somewhat uncommon way of treating erectile dysfunction — and certainly not the kind of thing you’d see your standard massage therapists for.

Prostate massage therapy usually involves using a lubricated, gloved finger or a tool to stimulate the prostate gland carefully.

Unsure where exactly the prostate is? It’s located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra (the tube that empties urine from the bladder). It also produces fluid that makes up a part of semen.

It is sometimes called the male G-spot (or the P-spot!). The spasm you feel when you orgasm is a physiological response to your prostate constricting. 

Prostate massage therapy works by increasing blood flow throughout the body, which makes it easier to get and maintain an erection. The massage may also clear out backed up fluids in the prostate ducts.

But does prostatic massage actually work to treat erectile dysfunction? 

The truth is, there’s just not enough evidence to answer that question. If you’re interested in learning more about it, you should start by talking to a healthcare professional

3 Other Ways to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Not so sure you want your prostate massaged? No judgment here, fellas. We get that. Lucky for you, there are quite a few other scientifically-backed treatments available. Check them out!

Sildenafil 

This is the generic version of Viagra®, which is the most commonly prescribed ED medical treatments on the market. 

Sildenafil is in a class of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5 inhibitors). You must have a prescription to take it.

So, how does it work to treat ED? It relaxes the smooth muscles in the penis, therefore increasing blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation. 

Sildenafil is popular because it’s fast-acting. It works within 30 minutes of taking it and lasts for around four hours.

Tadalafil 

Tadalafil (or the brand name Cialis®) is another commonly prescribed ED pills. It’s also a PDE5 inhibitor. Translation: It also relaxes blood vessels to encourage blood flow to the penis. 

Commonly called the “weekend” ED medication, it lasts for up to 36 hours.

Counseling For ED

It’s possible there is no known physiological reason for your ED. If that’s the case, you may want to consider that it could be psychological. 

Two things that can affect your libido in a negative way: depression and anxiety. Research actually shows that 20 percent of ED cases stem from psychological issues. 

To deal with issues that may be affecting your erections, speak with a mental health provider. They will be able to help you come up with a game plan to solve your ED.

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Are Erection Massages Effective?

A healthy prostate is crucial for sexual intercourse. And, if your prostate is out of whack, erectile dysfunction may come into play. 

One way that some people use to treat this erectile dysfunction is prostatic massage therapy, in which a gloved, lubricated finger is used to massage the prostate. Unfortunately, there’s just not much evidence out there to determine whether or not this type of treatment works. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of other ED treatments. If you are interested in exploring them, speak with a healthcare professional. 

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

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