Erectile dysfunction among male adult entertainers: A survey

Justin M. Dubin, Aubrey B. Greer, Robert Carrasquillo, Ian T. O’Brien, Eric P. Leue, Ranjith Ramasamy

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Background: Erectile dysfunction (ED) has not been evaluated among male adult entertainers. Our goal was to evaluate the prevalence of ED and use of erectile aids among men working in the adult entertainment industry. Methods: An online survey was distributed to male adult entertainers through collaboration with the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), the North American Trade Association of the Adult Industry. Surveys were sent via email to those who met the criteria of being non-transgender men with biological penises and have experience as adult entertainers. The survey acquired baseline characteristics, use and frequency of erectile aids, and assessed erectile function using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) survey. Statistical analysis was performed in Microsoft Excel. Results: Of the 98 respondents, 62 met inclusion criteria. The median age was 36 (IQR 28.25–45) years. Of those included, 69.4% (43/62) used erectile aids. In men who used erectile aids, 58.1% (25/43) used for both work and personal reasons. Erectile aids were used most among young men aged 20–29 (84.2%). Overall, 38.7% (24/62) of men had ED as defined by the IIEF survey. Of note, 26.3% (5/19) of men aged 20–29 had moderate to severe ED. Conclusions: This is the first study to evaluate ED among adult male entertainers. Male entertainers between the ages of 20–29 had both the highest prevalence of moderate to severe ED and the highest erectile aid usage among all male adult entertainers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-930
Number of pages5
JournalTranslational Andrology and Urology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Adult entertainers
  • Erectile aids
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • PDE5 inhibitors
  • Sexual dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Urology


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