Is Shockwave Therapy Helpful for Psychological Erectile Dysfunction?

While erectile dysfunction often has a physical cause, some men struggle with ED due to psychological reasons. If your doctor has ruled out physical causes for your ED and you’re wondering about psychological ed treatment, you might want to consider shockwave therapy. Though shockwave therapy addresses the physical causes of ED, it can also help men boost their confidence and receive stronger, longer-lasting erections, making it a potential psychological ED treatment.

What Is Psychological Erectile Dysfunction?

As you might expect, psychological erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to achieve or maintain an erection due to psychological issues. Psychological erectile dysfunction is diagnosed by a healthcare provider after they’ve ruled out any physical causes of ED. With these causes ruled out, they’ll evaluate the psychological factors that could be causing ED. Some of the primary psychological causes of ED include anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, stress, trauma, and relationship problems.

Oftentimes, psychological erectile dysfunction is treated with couples counseling, relaxation exercises, psychotherapy, and medication. Medication for psychological erectile dysfunction can include antidepressants, antianxiety medications, and ED pills, such as Cialis or Viagra.

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

As you look for a psychological erectile dysfunction treatment, you may want to consider shockwave therapy instead of ED pills. Shockwave therapy, or Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, is a non-invasive treatment designed to address the root causes of ED and boost a person’s sexual performance. 

During shockwave therapy treatment, a healthcare professional will move a wand-like device on the penis, with this device generating low-intensity sound waves. These sound waves will activate dormant stem cells and stimulate growth factors, with the stem cells repairing scar tissue and the growth factors creating new blood vessels. The sound waves will also clean out existing blood vessels in the penis by breaking up plaque formation that can block and slow blood flow. 

By freeing up existing blood vessels and creating new ones, the treatment makes it much easier for a penis to receive the blood it needs to fuel an erection. After receiving treatment, many patients report having stronger and more sustainable erections, with the treatment boasting a greater than 75% success rate in treating ED. Unlike ED pills that only last a few hours, shockwave therapy’s positive effects usually last around two years

Can Shockwave Therapy Help Treat Psychological Erectile Dysfunction?

While pharmaceuticals designed to help ED sufferers achieve and maintain an erection can help in the short term, they may leave patients in a cycle where they believe they always need to take them before sex. This reliance on pills can increase feelings of anxiety and stress around sex, leading patients to worry they can’t perform without them and leaving them more anxious when they don’t have access to a pill. 

Fortunately, shockwave therapy may be able to help men break this cycle and receive psychological ED treatment. Though shockwave therapy is designed to treat the physical causes of ED, it can increase blood flow in your penis, much like how a drug like Cialis or Viagra does. However, unlike ED pills that only work in the short term, shockwave therapy can increase blood flow to your penis over a long-term period by breaking up plaque and promoting new blood vessel growth. 

By removing plaque from your existing blood vessels and causing new blood vessels to grow, shockwave therapy makes it much easier for your penis to receive more blood flow. With more blood flowing into your penis, you may be able to achieve and maintain an erection more easily, even while struggling with a psychological issue. 

Though the treatment doesn’t directly address the psychological causes of ED, the effects of shockwave therapy can be a major confidence booster for many men with psychological ED. With more blood flow, they’re more likely to have stronger, longer-lasting erections, helping them feel more confident in the bedroom and eliminate their dependence on pills.

Having consistently stronger erections without needing to take a pill first can increase a person’s confidence and break through the mental blocks that might be causing their ED. Of course, those with psychological ED should also receive therapy from a counselor to help combat the psychological and emotional issues causing the ED. Many men may also benefit if they receive shockwave therapy and counseling at the same time, as both can raise confidence and improve one’s outlook about having sex.

Find a GAINSWave® Certified Shockwave Therapy Provider Near You

If you’re looking for a psychological erectile dysfunction treatment and think shockwave therapy might be a good option, choose GAINSWave. As the leader in sexual wellness, GAINSWave is dedicated to helping men overcome their ED with shockwave therapy. When you turn to us for ED treatment, you’ll receive the gold standard in shockwave therapy and ED treatment. We have a nationwide network of GAINSWave-certified providers who’ve met our rigorous standards for equipment and care protocols. 

Learn more about our shockwave therapy for ED today. If you’re interested in receiving shockwave therapy through GAINSWave, take a moment to complete our short questionnaire to see if you’re a candidate. Once your candidacy is determined, use our directory to find a GAINSWave-certified provider near you.

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