The Harvard School of Medicine recently announced that they are offering a program that is a “recovery plan” for men with erectile problems, and a similar program at the Mayo Clinic is also being offered to help men who have difficulty sleeping and/or having sex.
But a new study from researchers at the Harvard School finds that the two programs have only slightly different results for men.
According to the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, only 12 percent of the men who took part in either of the programs actually had erectile difficulties.
The same number of men who did not participate had erections that lasted less than 10 minutes.
The study also found that, while the two interventions were very effective at improving sleep quality and sexual functioning, they did not help men’s overall quality of life.
While the Harvard study does not specify exactly how the men’s sexual functioning improved, researchers concluded that men with sexual dysfunction were more likely to have lower levels of sexual desire and satisfaction.
“Our study suggests that these strategies are not equally effective for all men with ED,” study co-author Dr. Thomas C. Fink, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told ABC News.
“We are not sure that any of the interventions, whether they are aimed at improving sexual functioning or sexual function itself, can have the same positive effect on overall health and well-being for men in general,” he added.
Fink’s team analyzed data from a nationwide survey of more than 8,000 men who were diagnosed with erectilias or ED during their lifetimes.
The researchers also analyzed data on the outcomes of erectile function, erectile functioning and sexual function, including the number of sexual partners, the frequency of intercourse, and the duration of sexual intercourse.
While they found that most men who received either of these treatment options had no significant problems with sexual function at all, there was a significant difference in how these men’s sex lives were impacted by the treatment.
In addition, Fink and his colleagues also found evidence of differences in the quality of the treatment between the two treatment programs.
While most men had sexual satisfaction during treatment, fewer than half of men participating in the Harvard program experienced a decrease in sexual satisfaction with their partner, and only about 30 percent of men in the program had a significant reduction in sexual arousal, according to the Harvard researchers.
Families and partners were less likely to be satisfied with their sexual partners’ sexual behaviors after the Harvard intervention, the study found.
The findings suggest that the Harvard and Mayo programs have a “pessimistic view” of men’s ability to manage erectile issues, the researchers wrote.
The two programs are not yet ready to recommend a formal therapy plan, however.
While Fink is quick to say that the research does not support a specific therapy plan for men, he adds that he and his team have not yet reached a consensus on what it is that makes a man’s sex life better or worse after taking either of their interventions.