First Latin American Men's Health Forum Lectures - Webcasts Now Available
Rigidity Leads to Better ED Treatment Adherence
Webcasts of lectures held at the First Latin American Men's Health Forum are now available online. The forum, organized by the ISSM, was held in Cancun, Mexico in March 2012. The lectures cover a variety of men's sexual health topics, including erectile dysfunction, testosterone therapy, prostate cancer, BPH, premature ejaculation, and Peyronie's disease. Please click here to view the webcasts.
International Symposium on Prostate, Androgens and Men’s Sexual Health
Men who see improvement in rigidity are more likely to continue taking PDE5s for erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, according to American researchers.
The study, published online in December in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved 168 men with ED. Erectile function was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF).
Rigidity was measured with the Erection Hardness Scale (EHS), which uses a 4-point system. Higher EHS scores indicate a more rigid erection.
The researchers collected baseline data, then followed up with the men at 6-month and 12-month points.
The men were prescribed sildenafil for ED and given specific instructions on how to take it.
At that start of treatment, none of the men had achieved an EHS score of 4. However, by the end, 46% of the men did. Eighty-two percent of the men had an EHS score improvement of at least one point.
Sixty-seven percent of the men continued taking sildenafil at follow-up.
The researchers discussed the role of partners in the men's adherence and recommended "driving patients to a greater rigidity" to encourage compliance.
Please click here for more details on this study.