Safety and efficacy of a new device for inducing ejaculation in men with spinal cord injuries

S. M. Castle, L. C. Jenkins, E. Ibrahim, T. C. Aballa, C. M. Lynne, N. L. Brackett

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Abstract

Study design:Prospective case series.Objectives:Male infertility is a common sequela of spinal cord injury (SCI). Fatherhood is a goal in this group of young patients; however, most are anejaculatory. Penile vibratory stimulation is recommended as the first line of treatment for this condition. Our study evaluated the safety and efficacy of a new device designed to induce ejaculation in these patients.Setting:The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Miami, FL, USA.Methods:The Viberect-X3 (Reflexonic, Frederick, MD, USA) was applied to 30 consecutive anejaculatory men with SCI whose level of injury was T10 and rostral.Results:The ejaculatory success was 77% (23/30). No adverse events occurred, and there were no malfunctions of the device.Conclusion:In this first report on the efficacy of the Viberect-X3 for treatment of anejaculation in men with SCI, we conclude that the device is safe and effective for inducing ejaculation in men with SCI. Recommendation of the Viberect-X3 versus other devices intended for this purpose should not be made until randomized controlled trials are performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S27-S29
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume52
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Castle, S. M., Jenkins, L. C., Ibrahim, E., Aballa, T. C., Lynne, C. M., & Brackett, N. L. (2014). Safety and efficacy of a new device for inducing ejaculation in men with spinal cord injuries. Spinal Cord, 52(SUPPL. 2), S27-S29. https://doi.org/10.1038/sc.2014.110