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Statins Before Prostatectomy Don’t Improve Erectile Function, Study Finds

Statins Before Prostatectomy Don’t Improve Erectile Function, Study FindsTaking statins before radical prostatectomy doesn’t seem to affect erectile function after surgery, scientists report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Prostatectomy – surgical removal of the prostate gland - is a frequent treatment for prostate cancer. Many men develop erectile dysfunction (ED) afterward.

Statins are drugs prescribed to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. While they are not specifically ED drugs, research suggests that some men’s erections improve while taking them. This effect might be due to statins’ anti-inflammatory properties.

This study investigated whether taking statins before prostatectomy might help men’s erections recover after surgery.  

The researchers worked with 118 Finnish men with prostate cancer. The men were randomly assigned to take either 80 mg of atorvastatin or a placebo before their scheduled radical prostatectomy.

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