Erectile Dysfunction can be an embarrassing condition for many men. Some might not feel comfortable talking about it and we can totally understand why. However, it is actually quite common so discussing the problem with a medical professional should be definitely considered by anyone who experiences it. A study by (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Johns Hopkins states that over eighteen million men in the United States have ED.

Since the launch of symptomatic treatments with phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, they have been used as the first line of treatment for ED by various providers, including urologists. Other options available to men in case oral agents are ineffective are prostaglandin E1 injections, intraurethral suppository treatment, a penile implant, and vacuum erection device.

Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

If you have Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you probably have been researching treatment options. You may have already tried a few of them, such as pills, injections or suppositories, and aren’t getting the results you have been longing for. In the past five years, Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction has become the new modality for treating and relieving ED. With its state-of-the-art technology, Shockwave Therapy is promising to be one of the best treatment options for men with Erectile Dysfunction.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy has been used to help patients with heart disease, kidney stones and those with fractures or joint inflammation. In recent years it’s also being used in Europe, Asia, and the United States for Erectile Dysfunction. It’s an innovative treatment where energy from acoustic waves are used to trigger a process called neovascularization to the region of the body that it targets. New blood vessels form this process, allowing for better blood flow to the penile region.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Help Erectile Dysfunction?

In order for a man to have an erection, blood flow to the penis is critical. When a man is sexually stimulated, the arteries in the penis widen to allow blood to flow to the penis, giving the man an erection. A man with problems with blood flow to the penis may have weak erections or none at all. 

Traditional treatments for Erectile Dysfunction such as pills, penis pumps or injections are used on an as-needed basis are only good for a one-time sexual encounter. But Shockwave Therapy is designed to resolve the anatomic root-cause issues to allow a man to have an erection on his own. 

How is Shockwave Therapy Administered?

An ergonomically designed applicator is used to apply the acoustical wave treatment to the penis. The treatment can be applied by a clinician in a local clinic or it can even be applied by the affected in the individual if a personal Shockwave Therapy machine is purchased for in-home personal usage. Usually, 4 different areas of the penis are treated for best results. Treatment sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes. No anesthesia is necessary as there is absolutely no pain, just a tingling sensation where the therapy is applied.

How Well Does Shockwave Therapy work for ED?

Various clinical trials have been undertaken and these have shown that Shockwave Therapy works for Erectile Dysfunction. This is very promising for the 30 million American men suffering from the condition. Just like its use for kidney stones and heart conditions, Shockwave Therapy is safe, long-lasting and effective.

There can be unusual cases where men with severe ED could need a combination of Shockwave Therapy and medications. Men with severe Erectile Dysfunction need to be patient with the treatment and work with their doctor and ED clinician to find the best combination of treatments for their condition.