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?
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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.
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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There aren’t many negative side effects — just that if you over-stimulate your prostate, your symptoms could become worse.
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.
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Kristin Hall is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with decades of experience in clinical practice and leadership.
She has an extensive background in Family Medicine as both a front-line healthcare provider and clinical leader through her work as a primary care provider, retail health clinician and as Principal Investigator with the NIH.
Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she brings her expertise in Family Medicine into your home by helping people improve their health and actively participate in their own healthcare.
Kristin is a St. Louis native and earned her master’s degree in Nursing from St. Louis University, and is also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. You can find Kristin on LinkedIn for more information.