Erectile dysfunction (ED) is considered the most common sex problem reported by men. In fact, ED is said to affect about 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. While having problems with erections from time to time is completely normal, when ED becomes progressive or happens routinely with sex, it should be treated by a doctor.
At the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine, we administer a range of treatments to help combat ED, including shockwave therapy. Discover how shockwave therapy works, its benefits and its advantages over other types of treatments.
How Shockwave Therapy Works
Using acoustic waves, low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or simply shockwave therapy, a process known as neovascularization begins. This process involves the natural formation of new blood cells. When used to treat ED, shockwave therapy helps improve blood flow to the penis.
So why does increasing blood flow matter? When a man becomes sexually aroused, the arteries relax and open up, letting more blood in. At the same time, veins close. Once the penis is filled with blood, pressure traps that blood in the two chambers that run along its length – or the corpora cavernosa. The penis then expands and creates an erection.
Without the appropriate blood flow, the penis won’t be able to achieve the level of firmness needed for penetration. In some cases, inadequate blood flow results in the inability to have erections at all. Shockwave therapy aims to change that.
Benefits of ED Shockwave Therapy
By now, you know that shockwave therapy helps accelerate the natural healing process in the penis, improving blood flow, and therefore, helping reduce the potential for ED. But besides improved erections, ED shockwave therapy provides additional benefits, one being better sexual health.
Erectile dysfunction may cause a man to withdraw from his partner and avoid sex altogether. Doing so can cause strain on the relationship – the partner may blame themselves or suspect infidelity. Sexual health requires physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being, and ED can affect all four of those states. Fortunately, by treating ED with shockwave therapy, men can improve their sexual health.
Advantages over Other Treatments
There are a multitude of treatments for ED, ranging from natural remedies to prescription medications to mechanical devices. However, most treatments for ED only target the symptom – an inability to get or maintain an erection. For instance, oral medications contain nitric oxide, which, when taken as directed, relaxes the muscles in the penis, increasing blood flow. While oral medications are effective in some men, they prove ineffective in others. What’s more, when you stop taking them, ED is likely to return.
Shockwave therapy, on the other hand, treats ED at the source. By stimulating the body’s natural healing response, this type of ED treatment provides long-lasting results.
Learn More about ED Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy may not be right for every man and every case of ED. But if you’ve tried other ED treatments to no avail, it might be worth a shot. To schedule your confidential consultation at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine, call us today at 973-218-9400. We offer several treatments for ED and can help you decide if shockwave therapy is the right option for you.