Treatment of erectile dysfunction: can pelvic muscle exercises improve sexual function?

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 1997 Sep;24(5):255-64. doi: 10.1016/s1071-5754(97)90100-5.


Erectile dysfunction, the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance, affects 10 to 20 million American men. The underlying causes of erectile dysfunction are commonly classified as neurogenic, arteriogenic, venogenic, or psychogenic. The perineal muscles, specifically the ischiocavernosus and bulbospongiosus, play a role in human penile erection. This article explores the role of pelvic muscle exercises, designed to strengthen the perineal muscles. In the treatment of erectile dysfunction secondary to venous leakage.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Coitus*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / surgery
  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pelvic Floor