Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can cause stress in relationships and affect self-esteem. ED is the inability to have and maintain an erection for sex and a reduction in libido. Many men have this issue from time to time and need to seek erectile dysfunction help. Possible treatments include natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, like low-intensity shockwave therapy and erectile dysfunction medicines.
What Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
Sometimes ED is due to an underlying health condition. Treating this can be enough to reverse the issue. There is often a link between undiagnosed diabetes and erectile dysfunction. Another potential cause is heart disease. People in poor health are more at risk of ED. As the risk of disease increases as we get older, there can be a link between erectile dysfunction and age.
Sexual arousal is complicated, involving emotions, hormones, blood vessels, nerves, and the brain. ED can be caused by any of these or by stress and psychological problems. It can be due to a combination of factors. Anxiety about sexual performance can worsen ED.
Erectile Dysfunction and COVID
There has been an increase in COVID 19 related erectile dysfunction. Researchers think this could be due to the body’s strong immune response to the virus. This response can affect the heart and cardiovascular system and disrupt hormone function, so erectile dysfunction after COVID is not entirely surprising. If your body cannot pump blood so effectively, it is less likely to achieve an erection. If COVID 19 does cause erectile dysfunction, it could be a short or long-term issue.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
When you see our erectile dysfunction doctor at ReBalance, we treat you holistically, assessing your general health and all possible factors that could cause ED. A successful erection needs a good blood flow to the penis. We can assess if there might be a physical reason like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or the lingering effects of coronavirus, causing erectile dysfunction. ED is often caused by vasculogenic erectile dysfunction, where the penis cannot receive enough blood.
Usually, men with mild to moderate vasculogenic ED are offered PDE5 inhibitors. This oral medication is generally well-tolerated and helps activate natural mechanisms to achieve an erection, but other stimuli are often needed for full arousal.
Why Choose Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy?
While many men will have reasonable success with erectile dysfunction medication, they may prefer not to take these pills in the longer term. Other times, erectile dysfunction meds can work very well in conjunction with other treatments such as shockwave therapy. It will appeal to those seeking more natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, harnessing your body’s ability to heal itself.
What is Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy?
Low-intensity shockwave therapy is not a new concept. The technology was originally introduced in the 1970s to fragment stones. Its anti-inflammatory benefits have been successfully used for years to improve wound healing and treat inflamed and damaged ligaments and tendons and heal bone fractures. Shockwave therapy is also used in cardiology to promote a process called angiogenesis, helping to form new blood vessels. The overall effect is to help restore better blood flow to the area treated.
How Can Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy Help Erectile Dysfunction?
ED is often due to poor blood flow to the penis, and shockwave therapy delivers mild shockwave pulses to the penis in specific locations. These pulses help to facilitate the growth of new blood vessels, improving blood flow to the penis. Studies have shown treatment provides an overall improvement in ED, whether used alone or in combination with other therapies like erectile dysfunction medicines.
What to Expect When You Visit ReBalance for ED?
You will need to see our erectile dysfunction doctor. They will then review your medical history and assess the severity of your ED. Once the doctor has this information, they can review a suitable treatment plan with you and discuss what to expect, and of course, they can answer all your questions about this therapy.
Who is Suitable for Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy for ED?
Shockwave therapy tends to be most effective for men diagnosed with mild to moderate vasculogenic erectile dysfunction and have had some success with erectile dysfunction meds. Men who have ED due to psychological causes will not respond as well to this treatment and may need a different type of therapy. Men who have nerve damage in the pelvic area, which can occur due to pelvic cancer surgery, are also less likely to find shockwave therapy successful.
What to Expect During Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy?
ReBalance uses the Alma DuoTM, an advanced technology that utilizes low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (LI-ESWT). The treatment is administered via an applicator with a hygienic silicone head that is sterilized after each use.
The patented applicator ensures the shockwave pulses reach deeper depths for a better treatment outcome. The shockwave pulses are applied to five specific treatment sites. The effect triggers an inflammatory response in vascular function, increasing blood flow to these areas to rebuild and restore natural function.
Treatment is fast, very safe and around 95% of patients find it entirely painless, so you will not require any anesthetic. A session typically takes around fifteen minutes and is carried out in our comfortable office. There is no need for any significant downtime after a treatment session, and you can return to everyday activities immediately.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
Generally, six initial treatments are needed, with two sessions per week, but each treatment plan is tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs.
What is the Success Rate for Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy for ED?
Generally, the success rate for this treatment is more than 60%. Men who had no erections can have penetrative sex. Those who previously used medicines, but had seen their efficacy decline, now find these medicines are effective again. Some men who used medicines successfully can stop taking erectile dysfunction pills after shockwave therapy. Treatment typically lasts for about a year.