Treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) traditionally range from medications to invasive implants and surgeries. But now there is a promising new treatment for ED that might offer hope for men who’ve had poor results with other treatments or are unhappy with the available options.
Called “shockwave therapy,” short for low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT), this new treatment is non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, has no unwanted side effects, and can give results that last one to two years.
It is similar to a common procedure for breaking up kidney stones, called lithotripsy. Treatment for ED doesn’t need to pack quite as much punch as breaking up kidney stones, thank goodness, and some patients can even resume sexual activity the same day. The treatment is pain-free, and most patients report better quality, longer-lasting, and more spontaneous erections after treatment.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy involves using a wand-like device to direct soundwaves and a shock (described as a “tapping” feeling) to the penis. This helps clear plaque out of the blood vessels and prompts the growth of new tissue to restore the flow of blood that is critical to getting and maintaining an erection.
It is the only treatment that fixes the underlying cause of ED.
Although shockwave treatment is newer to ED treatment, it has been used safely for other conditions like wound healing, heart disease, neuropathy, and musculoskeletal conditions since the 1980s.
Why shockwave therapy might be right for you
Men who are happy and comfortable with their current treatment may not ever need shockwave treatment, but here are three reasons why it might be right for you:
1. You don’t want to take ED medication.
It might be right for you if you prefer not to take ED medication for personal reasons. For some, it’s a matter of finances. For others, ED medications are not compatible with certain health conditions or they have caused unacceptable side effects. And still others simply prefer not to take medications at all.
2. You’ve used ED medication in the past, but it no longer works as well.
Unfortunately, ED medications don’t work for everyone. Some men even seem to develop a tolerance for their ED medication, making it less effective over time. In those cases, shockwave therapy may take the place of medication altogether. For others, it can work with medication to make it more effective.
3. You prefer a natural treatment for ED.
If the vacuum devices, implants, injections, suppositories, and medications are just not your style and you prefer more natural treatments, shockwave therapy might be right for you. It’s all-natural, non-invasive, painless, harmless, and can last one to two years per course of treatment. It is also the only option that naturally restores function, letting you feel more like yourself.