How shockwave therapy can help treat erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction or ED in men is caused by an inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Not only can it cause problems in your sex life, but can also affect your physiological and mental state.
The issue with erectile dysfunction drugs
Often, drugs such as tadalafil (Cialis), sildenafil (Viagra), or vardenafil (Levitra) are prescribed to patients suffering from erectile dysfunction. These work by increasing the levels of nitric oxide in your blood, which in turn widens the blood vessels in your penis and makes it easier to maintain an erection.
Although these medications may work, they can cause unwanted side effects such as headaches, body aches and pains, dizziness, vision changes and congestion. Luckily, there are alternative treatments for ED which do not cause these side effects.
An introduction to shockwave therapy
Shockwave therapy is a modern treatment which uses high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy that expand as a wave in the body; this stimulates blood vessel and nerve growth to help heal and regenerate tissue.
The procedure is simple. First, an acoustic gel is applied to the area to be treated to smoothly and efficiently transfer the acoustic waves. This is then followed by applying the shockwave applicator around this region and commencing the procedure.
How shockwave therapy can treat erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is usually related to blood vessels; the blood can’t properly flow to fill the penis, which leads to issues in terms of getting and maintaining an erection.
Shockwave therapy can treat ED through focusing low-intensity shockwaves on to the penile tissues. The shockwaves help stimulate the treated tissues to grow new micro blood vessels and this encourages the flow of blood to the penis.
Other than occasional mild discomfort during the treatment, the majority of studies carried out for low-intensity shockwave therapy reported nothing when it came to side effects.
If you are looking to treat your erectile dysfunction and get your sex life back on track, shockwave therapy may be the treatment for you.