Could botox injections help fight erectile dysfunction?


Botulinum toxin or botox is a drug that is made using a bacterial toxin. Its most common purpose is to alleviate the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, especially on the face. However, people also use these treatments for a variety of conditions in a variety of parts of the body (Getty Images)

injection applications of botox as an aesthetic treatment they are frequently used to eliminate wrinkles. However, their benefits would not be just cosmetic, a new study found that they could provide “a clear benefit” to men suffering from erectile dysfunction. The study was published in the journal urology after a team of researchers analyzed seven separate trials, conducted between January 1990 and July 2021.

The work was led by Dr. Rawad Abou Zahr, a urologist, who stated that the trials showed that the anti-wrinkle drug helped strengthen the erections of many participants over a period of three months.

“Regarding the duration of benefit from BoNT-A (Botox) injections, the mentioned studies described a clear benefit in the first three months of treatment,” he stated. “This benefit seems to recede reaching the six-month period. This sheds light on the importance of maintenance regimens in these patients,” he added.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse (Getty Images)
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse (Getty Images)

Botox – a muscle relaxant often injected into the face – is believed to help improve erections by relaxing the smooth muscle in the blood vessel walls of the penis. The seven trials combined involved 362 men, who were injected with this substance or a placebo at the base of the limb.

Efficacy was measured using the ‘erection hardness scale’, which rates the rigidity and strength of the penis on a scale of zero to four, with zero being the lowest rating (rated as ‘penis does not get bigger’) while four is the highest (“the penis is completely hard and rigid”).

One trial showed that about half of the participants improved their rating on the scale, while a second trial showed that the 40% of the impotent participants were able to have sexual intercourse successfully at least three months after treatment.

It can be a symptom of a physical or psychological condition.  It can also cause stress, relationship problems and low self-esteem (Getty Images)
It can be a symptom of a physical or psychological condition. It can also cause stress, relationship problems and low self-esteem (Getty Images)

However, before impotent men rush to book an appointment to get a “Botox boner”, the researchers cautioned that more trials are needed, citing the small sample size of 362 men as one of the limitations. of the study.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, occurs when an erection fails to be firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Although, having trouble keeping erection from time to time it is not necessarily a reason to worry, however, when it occurs constantly, then you should see a doctor.

“Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection rigid enough to allow satisfactory sexual intercourse. It should not be considered just a symptom, but part of a systemic disease that can affect one in two men between the ages of 50 and 70,” Walter De Bonis, in charge of the Sexual Dysfunctions section of the Duránd Hospital, explained to Infobae. urologist and consultant of the Argentine Society of Urology.

There are several treatments that, depending on the cause and severity, can end erectile dysfunction in a patient
There are several treatments that, depending on the cause and severity, can end erectile dysfunction in a patient

In order to deal with erectile dysfunction, currently men can resort to various treatments established by professionals, which are made up of medications, whether oral or injected, or also special devices such as vacuum pumps, or cell regeneration therapies (focal waves). These options must be accompanied by psychosexual therapy.

Since it received FDA approval in 1998, Viagra® has been popularly prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. Recent research on this drug found that it provides unexpected health benefits, as it also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s by two-thirds.

Botulinum toxin or botox is a drug that is made using a bacterial toxin. Its most common purpose is to alleviate the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, especially on the face. However, people also use these treatments for a wide variety of conditions in a variety of parts of the body, including migraines, muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and incontinence. Previous studies even found that injections of this substance could be the key to a new line of treatment for serious neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or to treat anxiety.

Keep reading:

Erectile dysfunction: what are its causes and how is it cured?
Botox injections could decrease anxiety, according to a new study
Erectile dysfunction: can it be the symptom of a more serious pathology?




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