You may have heard of different types of therapy such as electroconvulsive therapy, sleep therapy, massage therapy, blood irradiation therapy, and insulin shock therapy. However, you may not have heard of light therapy. Many people do not know about it because it is a relatively new concept in the world of medicine. Other names for it include heliotherapy and phototherapy.
In this type of treatment, doctors expose you to particular wavelengths of light using a variety of possible instruments. The most common instrument used for this purpose is a phototherapy box. Studies show that this form of treatment is useful when it comes to dealing with acne vulgaris, eczema, neonatal jaundice, and psoriasis. However, a new study shows that light therapy can also be useful when it comes to helping men who suffer from sexual dysfunction.
Sexual dysfunction in men
One way to describe sexual dysfunction is the inability to derive satisfaction from sexual intercourse. Many men tend to hide this problem because of the social stigma attached to it. Disclosing this issue might also interfere with current or potential relationships. Recently, an Australian survey of 4,290 men revealed that about 46% of them felt dissatisfied with their sex life. Those who expressed the least amount of satisfaction were between the ages of 35 to 44 years.
It is important to note that this Australian survey involved men whose ages ranged from 16 years to 64 years old. 76 percent of the surveyed men were in heterosexual relationships. These statistics clearly show that sexual dysfunction is a common problem among men even if most of them choose not to speak about it.
The study of light therapy effect on sexual satisfaction
Researchers from the University of Siena, Italy, constituted a huge portion of the research team. All of them work at the University's Department of Molecular Development and Medicine. There were 24 participants who took part in the study. Some of them suffered from sexual arousal disorder while the rest had inhibited sexual desire. The researchers evaluated the participants and divided them into two groups. They administered light therapy to one group and a placebo light treatment to the other one. A second evaluation took place two weeks after the treatment period ended.
The findings of the study
Initially, the average self-reported score during the first evaluation was 2.2 in the light therapy group and 1.9 in the placebo group. This self-reported score was a rating of sexual satisfaction during intercourse. After the treatment ended, the score rose to 6.2 in the light therapy group and 2.9 in the placebo group. That would be a rise of 4 points and 1 point respectively.
It's not clear though what factors led to that slight improvement in the placebo group, but the significant one in the control group showed that light therapy somehow had a notable positive effect on the men.