Openness to Using External Penile Prosthesis (EPP) For Maintaining Sexual Intimacy in Men With Erectile Difficulties

University of Calgary, Oncology Sexual Health Lab

We are seeking male participants with ED that are over the age of 18 and in an intimate relationship to participate in our research study. The study will assess you and your partner’s willingness to try an external penile prosthesis (EPP) to maintain sexual intimacy. You will be asked to answer questions about yourself (e.g. age, sexual orientation, ED status), as well as what ED treatments you have tried. You and your partner (if they are willing to participate with you) will be asked to collaboratively answer questions on your willingness and degree of comfort in trying an EPP, how long after experiencing ED would you suggest they be recommended for use by couples, and how you think EPP’s should be labeled, and what they should look like. This study is anonymous and will take about 15 minutes of your time. Upon completion, you may enter a draw for a $20 Visa gift card (1 in 20 chance of winning).

Your Impact

The aim of this study is to assess males and their partner's openness to trying an EPP for erectile difficulties. This assessment is to see if this is a comfortable and acceptable treatment option for those with erectile difficulties. Additionally, the study will assess how those with erectile difficulties think EPPs should be presented to them (i.e. when should it be presented, should it be presented by a doctor, a psychologist, etc., what the EPP should look like, and what the EPP should be called.)

Eligibility Criteria


At least 18 years old

Study Tasks

Answer demographic questions
Answer questions on sexual functioning, sexual distress, and sexual flexibility
Answer questions about sexual history (e.g. your experiences of ED)
Answer questions with a partner (if possible) about your collective willingness to try an EPP


The study is approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board of the University of Calgary Study ID: REB20-0101


Erectile Dysfunction

Activity and Time


Polls and Surveys

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

15 minute(s) - 20 minute(s) per session

1 session(s)

Online one time survey, needs to be completed in one session. It is ideal if you are able to complete it with your partner, but if you do not have a willing partner to complete the survey with you, you may still participate.


$20 gift card draw (1 in 20 chance of winning)

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Jul 9, 2020

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