Multimedia and virtual reality techniques in the treatment of male erectile disorders

Int J Impot Res. 1997 Dec;9(4):197-203. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijir.3900316.


The present study is based on the observation that computer-simulated reality applied by virtual reality (VR) methods may offer a new means of treating male erectile disorders. The experimental design was based on the theory of psychological development, supported by multimedia acoustic experience and clinical tests. The method involved the use of virtual reality equipment and specially designed CD-ROM programmes. Excluding 15% drop-outs, the success rate was 82% for male erectile disorders due to psychological factors and 84%, excluding 17% drop-outs, for combined factor disorders. Psychotherapy with VR seems to hasten the healing process and reduce drop-outs, suggesting that this method opens or consolidates new or rarely used brain pathways, facilitating the flow of new mnemonic associations that promote the satisfaction of natural drives.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Erectile Dysfunction / psychology*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multimedia*
  • Penile Erection
  • Psychotherapy
  • User-Computer Interface*