Journal of Sexual Medicine Study Evaluates a Bed-Alternative for Couples with Physical Conditions that Limit Sexual Satisfaction on a Bed

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An article published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine cites findings from a pilot study undertaken to assess patient response to the HarmonySystem™, a revolutionary new solution to an increasingly prevalent problem amongst the aging baby boomer population – because of arthritis, joint pain, obesity and other physical limitations, intimate activity on a bed may become frustrating, uncomfortable – even painful. The study evaluates this novel bed-alternative and its usefulness in helping millions of people continue to enjoy sex well into their old age, regardless of these common infirmities. The findings were very positive and were presented at The Sexual Medicine Society of North America’s November meeting in New York

An article published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine cites findings from a pilot study undertaken to assess patient response to the HarmonySystem™, a revolutionary new solution to an increasingly prevalent problem amongst the aging baby boomer population – because of arthritis, joint pain, obesity and other physical limitations, intimate activity on a bed may become frustrating, uncomfortable – even painful. The study evaluates this novel bed-alternative and its usefulness in helping millions of people continue to enjoy sex well into their old age, regardless of these common infirmities. The findings were very positive and were presented at The Sexual Medicine Society of North America’s November meeting in New York

The HarmonySystem, resembling a cross between a chair and exercise bench with adjustable heights and seat angles, was specifically designed to enable couples to have sexual intercourse with the man standing or sitting and the woman sitting or lying down. It was designed by Richard Harris, a retired health care executive after he injured a knee playing pick-up basketball.

“The pressure from the mattress on my injured knee was very painful to me and frustrating to both my wife and me. Conventional furniture was too low or too high or uncomfortable for standing and there were no products available when I searched the web and the IBM patent data base. My wife and I decided to invent a product and see if we could design a product that would work for us. It did.”

Study Methods: Fourteen adults (seven couples) with physical complaints of back or neck pain (3 couples) or obesity (4 couples, mean BMI=38), completed a four part, thirty-eight question survey about their satisfaction with their sexual activities. They were then provided with the HarmonySystem. After four to six weeks of using the HarmonySystem they completed the same questionnaire.

Study Results: Use of the HarmonySystem increased overall sexual satisfaction from 26% to 64%. Pleasure with intercourse was rated as Very Satisfactory or Satisfactory by 64% before the HarmonySystem and in 93% of subjects afterwards. Acceptable vaginal penetration was noted by 63% of subjects before the HarmonySystem compared with 93% with it. No limitation of sexual activity due to their medical condition was noted 50% of the time without the apparatus, and in 64% with it. Improvement in the sexual experience with the HarmonySystem was noted in 14/14 individuals, and all responded that they would recommend the HarmonySystem to others with the same physical conditions.

“While this study was small, it gives strong evidence that there are physical conditions where the couples’ satisfaction with sexual activity may be improved if they can sit or stand during sexual intercourse,” said Dr. Myron Murdock, principal investigator who is an urologist, surgeon/practitioner, clinical trial expert and co-founder of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. “The HarmonySystem proved to be safe, comfortable, easily adjustable and popular (most of the couples were reluctant to give it up at the end of their trial). We suggest that clinicians and couples with these conditions plus other possible conditions such as arthritis, heartburn, breathing difficulties and mild ED be made aware of the potential benefit of standing and sitting during sexual intercourse and of the efficacy of the HarmonySystem as a flexible, comfortable and successful platform supporting these positions.”

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