If you or a partner is struggling with erectile dysfunction, many treatments available today only provide a short-term solution. Since these treatments don’t actually treat the main causes of erectile dysfunction, they leave men reaching for another pill, needle, or pump before they can achieve an erection strong enough for sex. Shockwave therapy represents a major shift in erectile dysfunction treatment, as it treats the main causes of erectile dysfunction, leading to long-lasting results.
As you decide if shockwave therapy might be right for you, learn more about this treatment option and the three main causes of ED it treats.
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy refers to the use of high-frequency acoustic waves to improve sexual function in men. During this natural, non-invasive treatment, low-intensity sound waves help to remove micro-plaque, stimulate new blood vessel growth, and increase blood flow to the penis. As a result, men often see an improvement in the strength of their erections, allowing them to reclaim their sex life and restore their confidence.
This treatment is especially effective for many men, as it targets some of the main causes of erectile dysfunction. By addressing some of the primary root causes, many men can achieve stronger, longer-lasting erections without using other treatments, such as ED pills, vacuum pumps, injections, or, in the most extreme cases, surgery.
What Causes of ED Can Shockwave Therapy Address?
Some of the primary causes of erectile dysfunction include poor blood circulation, micro-plaque build-up, scar tissue, and Peyronie’s disease. Though these causes of ED often indicate other health issues that you should consult your primary care physician about, shockwave therapy can reduce their impact on your penis’s erectile strength. Find out more about the main causes of ED and how shockwave therapy addresses them below:
1. Poor Blood Circulation
One of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction is poor blood circulation, which can be due to smoking, obesity, and diabetes, among other factors. Regardless of the cause, men will often begin to struggle to maintain an erection when blood can’t easily flow to the penis.
Since blood flow is what makes an erection possible in the first place, a shortage of it can make it difficult for your penis to gain in size and rigidity. Over time, unchecked poor circulation can even make it impossible to obtain an erection in the first place.
Shockwave therapy helps combat poor circulation by stimulating the growth of new penile blood vessels. During treatment, a clinician will move a wand-like device on the penis, with this device emitting pulse waves. These waves increase blow by stimulating angiogenesis, which refers to the creation of new blood vessels. As the treatment continues, new blood vessels will grow and increase circulation by giving your blood new pathways to travel to the penis. These new blood vessels often help men improve the duration and strength of their erections.
2. Micro-Plaque Build-Up
Whether due to high cholesterol, Peyronie’s disease, or simple aging, micro-plaque can build up inside your penis’s blood vessels. When this micro-plaque isn’t removed, it can eventually create a blockage that acts like a dam. This micro-plaque “dam” prevents blood from easily passing through your penis and diminishes the amount of blood that can fuel your erection. As we discussed previously, your penis needs a robust flow of blood to achieve and maintain a strong erection.
While micro-plaque growth can indicate other health problems, shockwave therapy can help remove plaque from your penis. With shockwave therapy, the shockwaves will target your micro-plaque and break it down. As the micro-plaque breaks down, it will clear out of your existing clogged vessels. This clearing of micro-plaque build-up addresses a major cause of ED and often results in improved erections for many men.
3. Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s disease refers to a condition that causes a painful curvature of the penis that can harm the strength of erections and even make them painful. This condition is often due to autoimmune disorders, injuries to the penis, vigorous sexual or athletic activity, or other medical conditions. Whatever the reason for the condition, scar tissue will form under the skin of the penis. This scar tissue then causes micro-plaque to build up and pull on penile tissue, resulting in a curved penis.
As you might expect from the previously discussed causes of erectile dysfunction, the micro-plaque that causes Peyronie’s disease will reduce blood flow to the penis by clogging up the arteries. Fortunately, shockwave therapy stimulates new blood vessel growth and breaks down micro-plaque, meaning it can help someone with Peyronie’s disease achieve stronger erections and reduce the curvature of their penis.
Besides improving blood flow and removing micro-plaque, shockwave therapy can also repair damaged scar tissue. The pulse waves stimulate dormant stem cells in the penis that assist with new cell growth. These woken-up stem cells often cause rejuvenation of male erectile tissue. By addressing one of the root causes of Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue formation), shockwave therapy is an incredibly effective treatment option for both ED and Peyronie’s disease.
Find a GAINSWave® Certified ShockWave Therapy Provider Near You
If you’re looking for shockwave therapy near you, GAINSWave is here to help. As the leader of sexual wellness, GAINSWave is proud to offer an extensive network of certified shockwave therapy providers that follow our standardized protocols and equipment. Alongside our wide network of providers, GAINSWave has proven to be effective, with over 100 clinical studies revealing that our treatment has an over 75% success rate in treating ED. Learn more about how shockwave therapy from GAINSWave can treat ED today. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, please take our short questionnaire to see if you’re a candidate, and use our provider directory to find a GAINSWave-certified shockwave therapy provider near you.