Prostate Massage for Impotence: Is It Effective?
Reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
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?
TL;DR: Benefits of Prostate Massage
Prostate stimulation can clear out your prostatic duct, allowing for excess fluid to be reduced, leading to a release of symptoms and positive prostate health.
What is a Prostatic Massage?
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, a prostate massager to stimulate the prostate gland carefully and is performed by a urologist, according to a case study published in the journal, Medscape General Medicine.
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 may make it easier to get and maintain an erection. The massage may also clear out backed-up prostatic fluid in the prostate ducts. We have an article on the 3 best prostate massagers if you'd like to check it out.
But does prostatic massage actually work to treat erectile dysfunction? Some people also believe that a prostate massage can be used to treat chronic prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland) or even prevent prostate cancer.
The truth is, there’s just not enough evidence to answer that question.
However, a 2009 study published in The Open Urology & Nephrology Journal found that 46.7% of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients involved in the study found relief after performing at-home prostate massage therapy.
If you’re interested in learning more about it, you should start by seeking medical advice from a healthcare professional.
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Negative Side Effects of a Prostate Massage
There aren’t many negative side effects — just that if you over-stimulate your prostate, your symptoms could become worse.
Final Thoughts: Are Prostatic Massages Effective?
A healthy prostate is crucial for sexual intercourse and men’s health in general. 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 to help your sexual function. If you are interested in exploring ways to improve your sex life, speak with a healthcare professional.