A study in the International Journal of Impotence Research reported that men with erectile dysfunction (ED) benefited from Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). An important aspect of this approach was that it removed much of the anxiety and embarrassment associated with face-to-face discussions of sexual problems. The CBT protocol included the men and their partners, and focused on psychological and relationship factors related to ED.

Designed as a 10-week program, couples participated in communication exercises, sensate focus activities, and email contact with therapists when needed. Improvements in ED were significantly greater among men who completed the program compared to those who received no treatment, and these findings were consistent with face-to-face psychological treatments. Additionally, the positive treatment effects remained stable during the 3-month follow-up period.

Study authors: M. P. McCabe, E. Price, L. Piterman, D. Lording