The potential benefit of vacuum devices augmenting psychosexual therapy for erectile dysfunction: a randomized controlled trial.


Journal Article (Academic article)

A cohort of 45 patients diagnosed with predominant psychogenic erectile disorder (ED) chose couples psychotherapy. We randomized 25 couples to also receive a vacuum constriction device (VCD), also known as a vacuum erectile device, at the second session (group 1), whereas 20 couples had psychotherapy without a VCD. Twenty-one couples (84%) in group 1 reported some improvement after the initial psychotherapy and VCD sessions compared with 12 of the 20 couples (60%) who reported some improvement after couples psychotherapy in group 2. We subsequently found that 3 of the 4 couples in group 1 reporting no improvement had not used the pump provided. Early combination treatment of couples psychotherapy and a physical treatment such as a VCD may lead to a greater beneficial response in men with ED than therapy alone. The delay of demonstrating the capacity and potential benefit from a physical intervention may have a marked effect on the initial and ongoing response to sex therapy.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wylie, KR; Jones, RH; Walters, S

Published Date

  • 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 227 - 236

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0092-623X

Conference Location

  • united states