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What Is Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?

May 10, 2024
What Is Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction?

For many men, erectile dysfunction is a delicate subject, but it doesn't have to be so. With advancements in treatment options, more and more men can regain satisfaction in their intimate relationships without the need for invasive treatments.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sensitive topic. However, now more than ever, there are a variety of options available for treating it, one of which is shockwave therapy. This novel, non-invasive treatment involves the use of acoustic waves that penetrate the tissues, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and the release of growth factors.

Studies suggest that shockwave therapy is a promising treatment approach, especially for men who have tried other options but failed to see any results. Shockwave treatments have improved both the International Index of Erectile Function-5 (IIEF-5) score and the Erection Hardness Score (EHS). Additionally, the studies mention that the treatments are well tolerated, with no adverse effects on the penile tissues. 

Our experts at Hawaii Natural Medicine use this non-invasive treatment to treat ED, and we have asked them to share with you how these treatments work and what results you can expect to see from them.

How does shockwave therapy treat ED?

Shockwave therapy addresses ED through multiple mechanisms.

The acoustic waves penetrate the penile tissues, creating micro-wounds that, in turn, trigger a healing mechanism in the body. As a result, growth factors, collagen, new nerve tissue, and new blood vessels are created. Improved blood circulation in the penis results in stronger and longer-lasting erections. 

Shockwave therapy is most effective for men with vasculogenic ED, which is caused by narrowed or damaged blood vessels in the penis. Men who do not respond well to medications like Viagra and Cialis are also good candidates

What happens during a session of shockwave therapy for ED

During a session of shockwave therapy, the patient typically lies down comfortably. Our provider uses a device that emits low-intensity shock waves to the penile tissues. The session is short, lasting about 15 minutes, after which you can return to your routine with no changes. 

Shockwave therapy results 

It takes time for the new nerves and blood vessels to grow. You can see the first changes in the first few weeks after the treatment and continue to see positive changes up to 3 months after your first session. For best results, some men may benefit from several sessions spaced a couple of weeks apart. While the results are slow to come in, they are in many cases permanent. 

Find out if shockwave therapy is right for you

If you have intimacy issues related to erectile dysfunction, there are many treatment options out there. Shockwave therapy is just one of them and it works best for men who have poor blood flow to the penis. If you want to find out if shockwave therapy may be a good fit for you, contact us to schedule an appointment

Our experts have extensive experience treating ED in various ways, including shockwave therapy, hormone replacement therapy, and the P-Shot.