By Men's Health Clinic
Global numbers have projected that there were over 152 million men who experienced erectile dysfunction (ED) worldwide in 1995, while the current projections for 2025 see it increasing to 322 million.
So, what can be done?
Obviously, there have been many proposed cures and medicines to address ED. Pharmaceutical industries were based solely around pills like Viagra and Cialis. But people are exploring other unconventional options—sex toys and even sex robots. Yup, you heard us right!
The Role of Sex Toys in Addressing ED
Research has shown very promising results of using sex toys in addressing sexual dysfunction among men. These sex toys are even referred to as “sex aids” in somemy scientific studies.
Vibrators, for example, are usually affiliated with female use, yet according to surveyed men, over 44.8% of them have used them for sexual activities. Since the 1970s, penile vibrators have been utilised for assisting men with ED and anejaculation (inability to ejaculate semen during orgasm) for patients who have spinal cord injuries.
Vacuum devices have also been affiliated with improving erections but only became widely used in the 1970s, gaining FDA approval as an alternative, non-surgical treatment in the late 1990s.
There are many potential advantages to sex toys or aids. Research shows that they can be used as a way of relieving performance anxiety, a common cause of ED.
Sex toys also have a particular advantage in that many of them can be discreetly used alone without requiring the participation and approval of a partner. This is important when individuals have a need yet are held back by social norms and expectations.
Male respondents with ED were reported to have a 68% rate of use when it came to vacuum therapy. Likewise, men who utilised vibrators were shown to be more likely to engage in behaviours that promote sexual health and also tend to score high on the International Index of Sexual Function.
Sex robots have been referred to as an “advanced form of sex toys.” Their customisability can allow them to incorporate sex toy functions like vibrator or vacuum therapy aspects, which would seem to make them superior to sex toys in a sense.
Some studies we’ve checked have noted other related and additional benefits. One study noted that they provide sexual, emotional, and educational benefits. It further focused on the arguable human-like aspect of intimacy that a sex robot could provide was beneficial in differentiating it from just being another “masturbation machine” like sex toys.
Unfortunately, the potential downsides of sex robots are also very well-known. Studies have noted the potential use of sex robots to promote the objectification of females. Even more alarming was the possibility of enabling and promoting pedophilic preferences for users.
The same studies highlighted how sex robots could encourage violence against women and help normalise the disregard for sexual consent. The research further noted how such sex robots could potentially push a new level of unrealistic beauty standards upon women, by showcasing a line of sex robots that will stay youthful and submissive.
This only highlights the need for an all-encompassing approach to addressing ED rather than treating sex robots as some sort of “miracle cure.”
ED is a complicated issue, with different symptoms, causes, and treatments for each man. What works for one might not work for others and vice versa—especially given the potential drawbacks for sex robots that we pointed out.
When it comes to treating ED, it's crucial to adopt a comprehensive approach tailored to individual needs. While science-backed treatments remain a cornerstone, the integration of sex toys and sex robots can complement and enhance the overall experience.
Sex robots offer unique advantages in addressing emotional aspects of intimacy. Through programmed responses, they can provide emotional support, including words of affirmation during sexual encounters. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals lacking partners or seeking emotional connections.
Moreover, sex robots can play a role in promoting consent and communication. By programming educational content, users can be guided in understanding and practicing appropriate consent norms, especially if they are unfamiliar with sexual intercourse dynamics.
By incorporating sex toys and robots into the treatment plan, individuals can find increased comfort and reduced anxiety in addressing ED. This all-encompassing approach, combined with other strategies such as consultation, medication, therapy, nutrition, and exercise, offers a higher likelihood of successful ED treatment.
While sex robots offer distinct advantages in addressing erectile dysfunction (ED), it is important to seek expert advice for optimal results. Consulting with an expert in the field of ED is crucial to assess your specific needs and develop a personalised approach. They can evaluate the underlying causes of your ED, consider your medical history, and recommend science-backed treatments tailored to your individual circumstances.
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