Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection is something that happens to all men from time to time. But did you know that erectile dysfunction (ED) affects about half of men between the ages of 40 and 70?
If you consistently struggle with the strength or duration of your erections, you’re not alone. ED is a medical condition, and although it can be embarrassing to bring up with your doctor, treatment can enhance your performance and your confidence.
Finding the right ED treatment for you begins by understanding what’s causing your condition. Stuart Shoengold, MD, and our team at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine specialize in diagnosing and treating ED. We offer a wide variety of treatment options, including shockwave therapy to boost blood flow.
Identifying underlying causes of ED
Sexual arousal depends on physical, mental, and emotional factors. ED isn’t the only medical condition that can impact your sex life, so it’s important to get a professional diagnosis before trying to find a treatment plan that works for you.
Some other issues that can affect your sex life include problems with ejaculation, low sex drive, and even relationship difficulties. ED is generally diagnosed if you have no signs of other issues, but you can’t achieve or sustain an erection that’s firm enough for sexual intercourse.
When you’re aroused, more blood flows to your penis. The increased blood expands the chambers of spongy tissue inside it, called the corpora cavernosa, and you get an erection. If blood flow is restricted or blocked, getting an erection can be difficult or impossible.
Many common health conditions can contribute to ED symptoms, including:
- Anxiety or depression
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Along with these health conditions, lifestyle choices can also cause ED by affecting blood flow. For example, smoking cigarettes, using other tobacco products, or drinking alcohol may increase your risk of ED.
Treating ED with shockwave therapy
Dr. Shoengold and our team specialize in diagnosing male sexual issues. If you think you could have ED, it’s time to schedule an appointment at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine.
We begin with a comprehensive exam and take time to review your symptoms with you. If your ED is linked to restricted blood flow from narrowed or blocked arteries, you could be a candidate for shockwave therapy.
Low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT) with GAINSWave® is a noninvasive, drug-free treatment option for men with ED. Each session takes 15-20 minutes in our office, and you’re free to leave as soon as the procedure is complete.
Your doctor targets specific areas in your genital region with acoustic soundwaves. Shockwave therapy is completely pain-free, although some men report a tingling sensation.
The energy from the soundwaves clears blockages inside blood vessels and stimulates new blood vessel growth. Treatment boosts tissue regeneration, which over time will improve penile blood flow and the quality of your erections.
Shockwave therapy is customizable to meet your needs. Most men receive six treatments over a span of three weeks for best results. While shockwave therapy can be enough to improve your ED, we may recommend combining shockwave therapy with other treatments, like prescription medication, to transform your sex life.
Curious about the benefits of noninvasive, pain-free ED treatment? To find out if shockwave therapy is right for you, call our office at 973-218-9400 or book an appointment online today.