JUST one prick in a the crown jewels could help boost his sex life helping him maintain an erection, doctors believe.
Botox injections could hold the key to helping guys suffering erectile dysfunction, they said.
The treatment is best known for eradicating wrinkles, but doctors use the jab for a range of different conditions.
Long before it was injected into the faces of women desperate to turn back the ravages of age, Botox was used treat excessive sweating, overactive bladders and chronic migraine.
But, now urologists believe the treatment could prove effective in giving guys the lift they need down there.
The treatment could help millions, as experts predict half of men aged 40 to 70 will suffer erectile dysfunction to some degree.
Recent studies published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, show injections of onabotulinum toxin A – Botox, could treat erectile dysfunction.
Urologists at Western University in Canada noted the therapy “represents a promising avenue for future experimental and clinical research for the treatment of ED”
The drug, a neurotoxin, works by weakening the muscles and nerves it targets.
So far tests in animals, as well as a small pilot study in 12 men, have shown encouraging results, according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine.
Experts believe Botox could help smooth muscle tissue relax.
By doing so it’s hoped increased blood flow to a man’s member could help him maintain an erection.
The authors explained: “The ability to decrease the tone of resistance vessels, increase resting blood flow, and inhibit the persistent cavernosal smooth muscle tone might allow many men currently with ED or in some men unresponsive to oral or injectable agents to respond to less invasive therapy or perhaps require no therapy at all.”
They believe, like when Botox is used to smooth facial wrinkles, the treatment could be effective for several months at a time.
Though it is becoming more and more common, Botox does not come without risks.
The NHS warns the injections, which are not available on the health service to combat wrinkles, can trigger side effects.
They include flu-like symptoms, bruising, temporary weakness and droopiness of facial features, your body developing resistance to treatment.
In rare cases, serious side effects can develop in the hours and days after having the treatment.
The NHS warns they include blurred or double vision, if injections are given around the eyes, and breathing difficulties when the neck is injected.
WHAT IS ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?
ALSO known as impotence, erectile dysfunction is when a man can't get and maintain an erection.
It is very common, more so the older a man gets.
The NHS estimates half of blokes aged 40 to 70 will have ED to some degree.
If you suffer problems for more than a few weeks, it is important to see your GP.
They will check your general health, because it can be triggered by conditions including heart disease.
Typical causes include:
narrowing of blood vessels supplying the penis – a result of high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
Currently, treatment for erectile dysfunction depends on what is causing it.
Lifestyle factors, such as losing weight if you are overweight, giving up smoking, cutting back on booze, exercising regularly and combating stress can all help.
Drugs including Viagra are among the most widely used treatment, and work by increasing blood flow to the penis.
But they are not always suitable for all men, and should be used with caution in those suffering heart disease or Peyronie’s disease, which affects the tissue of the penis.
They are also not recommended for those with low blood pressure, or men who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, the NHS warns.
And where Viagra and similar drugs are effective they only work for around eight hours.
Other treatments for ED include vacuum pumps, which involves a bloke putting his penis in a tube before pumping out the air.
It creates a vacuum that causes the penis to be filled with blood, making it erect.
But it can take several attempts and often proves cumbersome.
While experts are hopeful Botox could offer hope to men suffering ED, much more research is needed.
They warn men should not seek out the injections outside of a clinical trial, because it has the potential to result in a prolonged erection which can permanently damage the penis.