A new study suggests that a combination of medications that boost testosterone levels could help reduce erectile and orgasm problems for some men.
The findings suggest the combination could also help treat other sexual disorders, such as erectile disfunction, and men with erectile disorders.
The study was published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
“We believe that a reduction in the rate of testosterone production in men can be achieved through the use of a combination therapy that combines a testosterone-boosting regimen with the use in the treatment of some other sexual and behavioral disorders,” said study co-author Dr. Michael DeLuca, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
The study was led by Dr. Daniel J. Pappalardo, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the director of the Johns Wayne National Primate Research Center.
It included 626 male volunteers.
The researchers assessed the participants’ testosterone levels at the end of the study.
They found that the combination of testosterone and progesterone reduced the rate at which men’s erections began to diminish.
Men who took the combination therapy experienced a lower incidence of erections beginning to diminish over the next six months than men who took a placebo.
The researchers also looked at whether the treatment was effective in reducing the incidence of orgasm problems.
Participants in the study had to abstain from sex for three weeks before the study began.
They then had a baseline test for erectile function and another baseline test three weeks after the start of the treatment.
Then they were given the same treatment for four weeks, after which they were asked to repeat the baseline test at the start and end of each treatment period.
In all, the study participants reported a reduction of about 0.2 percent in their rates of orgasm in the three weeks they took the testosterone-enhancing treatment.
The reduction was not statistically significant.
Participants were also asked to rate the quality of their erections in the same way as they had before taking the testosterone treatment.
They reported that the treatment improved their erectile quality significantly.
In addition to the study, researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University of Rochester published a paper this week that looked at the effectiveness of combining a combination treatment of testosterone-and- progesteronoids with an erectile-restoration therapy.
The treatment appears to work, the researchers found, but the study found no clear evidence that it helps women who have had problems with their own erectile functions.
The results from the new study may have implications for patients in clinical trials of erectiles and orgasm, the scientists said.
In a clinical trial, doctors might ask patients to perform a series of measures to assess erectile functioning and determine whether their erectiles could be improved by taking a combination pill.
This could then help doctors make a decision about whether to try a pill for men.
Researchers say the combination treatment is an important option for treating sexual disorders.
But some experts warn that the therapy might be overused in clinical settings.
“I think that it’s a reasonable, and a useful, approach to treat sexual problems.
The problem is that it can be done by a very large number of people,” said Dr. Edward A. Pritchard, director of medical research at the National Institutes of Health.
The research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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