Electroacupuncture for erectile dysfunction

Can electroacupuncture improve erectile dysfunction after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy?

Electroacupuncture is a modified form of acupuncture, where needles with a small electric current are placed in acupuncture points. Recent studies show that electrical stimulation may improve recovery of nerve function and therefore could be useful for recovering function of erectile nerves.

Researchers at NICM Health Research Institute are currently recruiting participants for a study investigating if electroacupuncture is a feasible rehabilitation model for erectile dysfunction after robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy.

Who can join?

  • Men aged over 18 years, who:
    • Have had a nerve sparing robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy surgery in the last 24-months.
    • Have erectile dysfunction as a result of robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy surgery.

What's involved?

Participants will be asked to:

  • Read the participant information sheet and provide consent.
  • Complete an initial assessment and provide information including your cancer treatment history, quality of life and erectile function.
  • After assessment, participants will be randomly allocated to electroacupuncture or standard treatment groups and asked to complete short questionnaires at specific time periods throughout the study.
    • Participants allocated to electroacupuncture treatment will attend 10 electroacupuncture sessions (50-minutes each) over eight-weeks at NICM Health Research Institute in Westmead, Sydney.
    • Participants allocated to standard treatment groups will continue as normal. If the electroacupuncture is shown to have benefit, access to the intervention will be offered at no charge after the completion of the trial.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Participants may experience improvements to erectile dysfunction.
  • Participants can participate in this trial whilst continuing standard rehabilitation routine.
  • Participants will be helping to advance medical research, which could assist in the development of effective treatments for prostate cancer patients.

Interested in participating in this study?

For more details about the study, please read the following information before deciding whether to participate.

If you would like to register your interest and assess your eligibility to participate in this study, please complete the following survey. A member from our research team will be in touch with you within 2-3 business days.

For more information, please contact

Emma Wong
NICM Health Research Institute, Study Chief Investigator - PhD Candidate
e.     e.wong2@westernsydney.edu.au
p.     0421 021 124

Human Research Ethics Committee Approval: This trial has been approved by Western Sydney University Human Ethics Committee (Approval Number: H14239) and the Sydney Adventist HealthCare Limited Ethics CommitteeHuman Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number: 2020-040).

This study is supported by the NICM Health Research Institute and Blackmores Institute Scholarship Program and Sydney Adventist HealthCare.

Study Coordinating Principal Investigator: Dr Suzanne Grant, NICM Health Research Institute.