Common Fears of Shockwave Therapy for Ed Dispelled

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects upwards of 30 million men in the United States alone. The causes can include aging, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, depression, nerve damage, medication side effects, low testosterone, or a variety of other issues. However, ED does not have to be permanent. Several effective treatment options are available, including shockwave therapy. Learn more about why you can feel confident about this revolutionary treatment and how the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine can help you overcome ED.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that relies on the same low-intensity sound waves used to treat heart conditions, kidney stones, and joint inflammation. These waves help to clear plaque from blood vessels to increase blood flow to the penis and encourage the growth of new blood vessels. Thanks to the increased blood flow, patients are better able to get and maintain an erection.

Shockwave therapy treats the cause of erectile dysfunction, not just the symptoms, which sets this treatment apart from typical over-the-counter and prescription pills and other methods. For individuals who have been unresponsive to other treatments, shockwave therapy could be a solution.

Top Fears and Myths about Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy as a treatment for ED is likely to sound intimidating, especially if you’re unfamiliar with how it works or have only heard about it for other conditions. Patients frequently ask whether this procedure is safe, whether it will be painful, and if it is worth it. Here, we’ll address a few of the top fears and myths we hear from patients considering shockwave treatment at our erectile dysfunction clinic:

• I’m worried it will hurt. Though some patients have reported a tingling sensation in the treated area, most patients feel nothing during the treatment. If you do feel any discomfort, it should be minimal and will not last after the therapy session ends.

• What if the treatment doesn’t work for me? As previously noted, shockwave therapy for ED is often so successful because it treats the cause of the issue, not just the symptoms. In most cases, patients will no longer require oral medications or additional treatment to get and maintain an erection. However, there is always a chance that any procedure may not work for individual patients. In this case, your doctor can suggest other methods that may be more successful.

• Once you start, treatment never ends. Unlike pills or devices you’d need to use each time you have intercourse, shockwave therapy is restricted to a set number of treatments determined by your doctor. Even better, ongoing research suggests that shockwave therapy delivers lasting results. In general, the benefits may extend for months or even up to two years, depending on a variety of factors. Your doctor can help explain how long benefits may last and determine if other treatments would better suit your needs.

• Shockwave therapy is too expensive. Although shockwave therapy for ED is not always covered by insurance, you should still speak with your provider to determine which benefits, if any, you are eligible for. The price of treatment may vary, and your doctor can help you understand the associated costs. However, it’s also important to remember that shockwave therapy is an investment in your health, happiness, and the success of your relationships. You deserve healthy sexual intercourse free from the stress and frustrations of ED.

Contact Our Erectile Dysfunction Clinic Today

If you need help resolving ED, the Center for Male and Female Sexual Medicine can help. Our team will listen to your concerns and work with you to develop a treatment plan to restore function and quality of life with shockwave therapy and a host of other safe, advanced treatments. Contact us today to learn more, or call 973-218-9400 to schedule an appointment.

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