PAE and Improvement in Sexual Function

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PAE and Improvement in Sexual Function

Studies have found that treating benign prostate hyperplasia with prostate artery embolization can improve erectile function.

One of the studies that found this to be true, appeared in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.  The researchers conducting the study followed 53 consecutive patients both before and after their prostate artery embolization procedure.

What they found was that over 60% of the patients experienced an improvement in erectile function by their 3-month follow-up post-PAE. They also found that none of the patients that took part in the study experienced ejaculatory dysfunction.

The same can’t be said for another common treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia, called transurethral resection of the prostate, also known as TURP.

In recent years, TURP,  which was once the standard for BPH surgery, has become a less favorable treatment option due to its risk of sexual side effects and other complications. In fact, it is not uncommon for TURP surgeries to result in damage to the nerves or muscles surrounding the neck of the bladder.

When the muscles or nerves surrounding the neck of the bladder are damaged, semen no longer travels out of the body through the urethra. Instead, semen flows backward into the bladder during ejaculation.

This backward flow of semen is referred to as retrograde ejaculation, which is estimated to affect as many as 65-75% of men following the TURP procedure.

It is also important to point out that some estimates suggest that up to 10% of men who undergo the TURP procedure experience erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction is defined as when a man has difficulty getting and maintaining an erection.

Though for some, this problem is temporary and only happens during the post-TURP recovery period, while for others, it can be a permanent condition.

Fortunately, prostate artery embolization does not carry these same risks– A fact that is backed up by several more research studies. This includes, but is not limited to, a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

In our next article, we will take a look at the results of that study.

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