Internet-Based Brief Sex Therapy for Heterosexual Men with Sexual Dysfunctions: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
Version of Record online: 2 JUN 2009
© 2009 International Society for Sexual Medicine
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Volume 6, Issue 8, pages 2224–2236, August 2009
How to Cite
Van Lankveld, J. J.D.M., Leusink, P., Van Diest, S., Gijs, L. and Slob, A. K. (2009), Internet-Based Brief Sex Therapy for Heterosexual Men with Sexual Dysfunctions: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6: 2224–2236. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01321.x
- Issue online: 27 JUL 2009
- Version of Record online: 2 JUN 2009
- Internet-Based Sex Therapy;
- Erectile Dysfunction;
- Premature Ejaculation
Introduction. Internet-based sex therapy for men with erectile dysfunction has been advocated as an easily accessible and cost-effective treatment.
Aim. To test whether Internet-based sex therapy is superior to waiting list.
Methods. Internet-based therapy was administered to heterosexual men with erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, without face-to-face contact, in a waiting-list controlled design, with pre-, post-, and follow-up measurements at 3 and 6 months posttreatment. Treatment was based on the sensate-focus model of Masters and Johnson, and supplemented with cognitive restructuring techniques.
Main Outcome Measures. Self-reported improvement of sexual functioning, erectile functioning (men with ED), premature ejaculation (men with PE), sexual desire, overall sexual satisfaction, and sexual self-confidence.
Results. Ninety-eight men participated (58 ED, 40 PE). Sexual functioning was much or somewhat improved in 40 participants (48%). In participants with ED, a near significant effect of treatment was found (P = 0.065), with higher levels of sexual desire (P < 0.05) and sexual self-confidence (P = 0.05) in treated men, in addition to improved erectile functioning (P = 0.01) and overall sexual satisfaction (P < 0.001) in both groups. In participants with PE, treatment was not superior to waiting list. In participants with ED, erectile functioning (P < 0.05) and overall sexual satisfaction (P = 0.002) improved significantly. In participants with PE, latency to ejaculation (P < 0.001), sexual desire (P < 0.05), and overall sexual satisfaction (P < 0.05) improved significantly from baseline to posttreatment, with no further changes at both follow-ups. Sexual self-confidence in men with PE remained unchanged during treatment until follow-up at 3 months posttreatment, and then was found to be improved at 6-months follow-up (P < 0.05).
Conclusion. Internet-based sex therapy for male erectile dysfunction was efficacious for male erectile disorder. For men with premature ejaculation, however, treatment was not superior to waiting list. van Lankveld JJDM, Leusink P, van Diest S, Gijs L, and Slob AK. Internet-based brief sex therapy for heterosexual men with sexual dysfunctions: A randomized controlled pilot trial. J Sex Med 2009;6:2224–2236.