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Internet-Based Psychological and Oral Medical Treatment Compared to Psychological Treatment Alone for ED


Marita McCabe, PhD, FAPS, School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Vic. 3125, Australia. Tel: +61 3 9244 6856; Fax: +61 3 9244 6858; E-mail:


Introduction.  Sexual function through pregnancy and the postpartum period is an important aspect of quality of life. Despite this, prospective studies are limited, and the impact of body image on sexual function has not been explored.

Aims.  The current study reports on a pilot study that evaluated the effectiveness of a combined Internet-based psychological treatment program and oral medication compared to an Internet-based psychological program.

Methods.  Twelve men with ED participated in the study.

Main Outcome Measures.  Assessments were made pre and postintervention on ED, relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Results.  Multivariate analyses of variance demonstrated that both treatment conditions showed improvements from pretest to posttest in sexual functioning, relationships, and personal well-being.

Conclusions.  This study indicates the importance of targeting psychological and relationship variables in the treatment of ED. Further research with larger numbers of participants is necessary for a more rigorous evaluation of treatment programs that combine psychological and medication interventions for ED. McCabe M, and Price E. Internet-based psychological and oral medical treatment compared to psychological treatment alone for ED. J Sex Med 2008;5:2338–2346.