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Magic Pill For Sexuality A Myth

Although pharmaceutical aphrodisiacs are a hot commodity among middle age and older men, a new study finds that medications are not a magic pill to improve sexuality.

The Australian study found that while oral medications, known as PDE5 inhibitors, may restore a man’s “sexual function” they don’t necessarily restore a man’s “sexual health”.

“As well as the obvious physiological aspects, men with erectile dysfunction (ED) suffer a range of problems such as significantly poorer self esteem, sense of masculinity, sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction,” said study author, Dr. Hayley Matic.

“This study found that overall well being was not improved in the men who had used medical interventions for their ED.”

Dr. Matic’s study explored the psychological and relationship impact of ED on the lives of Australian men and their partners. It also looked at men’s help-seeking behaviour and experiences with oral medication as treatments for their ED. It involved 410 men with ED and 242 men without ED.

“ED affects up to 50 per cent of men at some point in their lives and is generally treated with the use of oral medications,” Dr. Matic said.

“The focus on the medical and biological elements of ED has led to a relative dismissal of the role of psychological and relationship aspects of men’s sexual experiences. As a result many men stop using the medications and continue to suffer ED as well as the associated problems with their masculinity, self-esteem and quality of life.

“Hopefully the results of this study will open up current mainstream treatments for this sexual dysfunction to include greater awareness of the psychological and relationship factors inherent in a man’s sexual health.”

Dr. Matic suggests that improvements could come from:

    • Ensuring PCPs and specialists who assess and treat sexual dysfunction are educated in the potential broad ranging impact of ED on a man’s life
    • Ensuring that those prescribing ED medications are able to talk to their patients about their expectations for the use of the drugs
    • Increased development of and referral to non-medical treatments for ED, either in conjunction with medication treatment or as a stand-alone
    • Increased inclusion of a man’s partner in the assessment and treatment for ED in both medical and other settings.

“As medications are only potentially able to address the biological/physiological aspects of sexual arousal, there is a clear need to consider broader application of a biopsychosocial model of health to our understanding and treatment of ED,” Dr. Matic said.

Source: Research Australia

Magic Pill For Sexuality A Myth

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Magic Pill For Sexuality A Myth. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from
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