Botox could help fight erectile dysfunction, study shows
Botox in the fight against erectile dysfunction! Injections directly into the penis ‘may help impotent men’
- Botox has shown ‘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 ironing out wrinkles.
But scientists say Botox it can also alleviate erectile difficulties in men.
Injecting impotent men straight into their penis relaxes the organ, allowing blood to rush into it.
Belgian urologists said the treatment showed a ‘clear benefit’, although further research is needed.
The jab seemed to work for only three months.
About half of all men suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives.
Botox could help treat men with erectile dysfunction, study claims. Belgian urologists say the treatment could be effective as an ‘almost permanent’ therapy for the problem, although further research is needed
What is the erection hardness scale?
Doctors use a four-point scale to assess the strength of an erection.
The scale is according to one’s own opinion and according to the opinion of man.
It is measured as:
0: the penis does not enlarge;
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 rigid
NHS doctors are currently not allowed to give botox to impotent men, despite studies showing it helps.
Instead, they are usually given blood pressure medications or statins because the difficulties are usually due to circulation problems.
Viagra can be bought in pharmacies without a prescription, while Cialis, Levitra and Spedra require a doctor’s approval.
Botox is also not approved in the US, although it is offered in some private clinics.
Fresh research, published in the journal Urologyreviewed seven studies on Botox and erectile dysfunction.
The studies, which involved 362 men, dated back to the 1990s and included both human and animal data.
The review did not specify whether all the men had erectile dysfunction at all or how severe their cases were.
Either botox or a placebo was injected into the base of their penis.
Efficacy was measured using the erection hardness scale.
It quantifies the strength of an erection on a four-point scale, ranging from zero (the penis does not enlarge) to four (the penis is completely hard and completely rigid).
They also used ultrasound to measure blood flow to the penis and surveyed the men to determine the degree of their erectile dysfunction before and after treatment.
One study found that about half of those who received Botox responded positively to all three items up to three months later.
But the effects wore off after six months.
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 Libre de Bruxelles University, said all studies have shown that Botox helps improve erectile problems.
Writing in the journal, they said: ‘Regarding the duration of benefit from BoNT-A injections, the above studies described a clear benefit within the first three months of treatment.
‘This allowance appears to be reduced after six months. This sheds light on the importance of a maintenance regimen in such patients.’
But they said the small sample size means further research is needed and that Botox should not be used for ED until clinical trials are complete.
Botox is thought to improve erections by temporarily relaxing the smooth muscles in the walls of blood vessels in the penis.
It blocks the nerve signals that normally contract these muscles, meaning more blood can enter the organ.