The global market for erectile dysfunction drugs was worth $6.82 billion in 2019. Unfortunately, these drugs can have negative side effects. They treat the symptoms of ED but don’t address the factors causing ED in the first place. Are you looking for a treatment option that can actually reverse your erectile dysfunction? Would you like something non-invasive with almost no side effects? Shockwave therapy could be the answer. Most men have no shockwave therapy side effects. The treatment is non-invasive. Shockwave therapy can treat the underlying factors causing your ED. Find out more about shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction. Learn how you can benefit from treatment in the privacy of your own home and start taking your life back.
How Does ED Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy is also called low-intensity shockwave therapy. Medical professionals have used shockwave therapy for decades to treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries that involve ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissue.
Low-intensity shockwave therapy applies a series of energy pulses to the penis. A gel conducts these pressure waves from a handheld wand-like device through the patient’s skin.
The energy from shockwave pulses promotes the growth of new blood vessels. Having more blood vessels increases penile blood flow, which can improve erectile function.
Shockwave therapy can also promote tissue remodeling in the penis. It may stimulate chemical factors in the tissue that promote growth and cell-to-cell communication. Animal studies have shown the activation of stem cells.
Shockwave therapy differs from other ED treatments because it doesn’t just treat your symptoms. It can potentially cure your erectile dysfunction by reversing the pathophysiology of the disease.
There isn’t currently an established recommendation for a treatment plan. A 2019 review of clinical trials showed that the most common treatment plan was therapy sessions 2 times per week for 3 weeks, then 3 weeks without treatment, then 3 more weeks with therapy twice a week.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Penile Shockwave Therapy?
Men with vasculogenic ED are among the most likely to benefit from penile shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy works by promoting the growth of blood vessels. If your ED is the result of insufficient blood flow, studies suggest this treatment may be successful for you.
Men with more severe ED may not benefit from shockwave therapy. If your ED is a result of diabetes or vascular disease, shockwave therapy is also likely not the best choice.
As long as your erectile nerves are intact and you don’t have significant cardiovascular problems or other diseases like diabetes, shockwave therapy for ED is worth exploring.
Shockwave Therapy Side Effects
One reason shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction is becoming so popular is that it has very few side effects. It is non-invasive, and shockwave therapy recovery time is very short. You can return to your normal routine almost immediately after receiving a treatment.
Shockwave therapy isn’t painful for most people. You don’t need anesthesia or other type of sedation. You may feel tingling during the treatment.
A small number of patients have reported bruising of the treatment site, penile skin infection, blood in the urine, or a painful erection. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
A review of clinical studies in 2019 didn’t find any significant negative side effects to report.
However, if you have an open or post-surgical wound near the penis, avoid shockwave therapy until the wound heals. You should consult your doctor before starting treatment if you take anti-coagulants. Consulting your doctor before and during the course of treatments is also important if you have an infection or if you have cancer.
Talking to your doctor ensures that you can benefit safely from shockwave therapy for your ED.
Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction vs Other Treatments
The general lack of serious side effects from shockwave therapy for ED makes it an appealing option compared to some other standard treatments.
Medication is one of the most common treatments for ED. PDE5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis have a variety of negative side effects. Some of the most common side effects include:
- Digestive problems, like diarrhea and nausea
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Vision problems
More severe side effects like vision loss, hearing impairment, and long-lasting erections can occur if you use PDE5 inhibitors over a long period of time.
In addition to the side effects of PDE5 inhibitors, you can’t take any kind of organic nitrates while using them. Organic nitrates are a common treatment for heart disease. PDE5 inhibitors can also have negative interactions with alpha blockers, which treat high blood pressure and prostate problems. Finally, PDE5 inhibitors can cause cardiovascular problems.
Shockwave therapy offers a safe, long-term treatment option. You avoid the inconvenient and potentially serious side effects of medication.
How to Benefit from Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
The FDA has not yet approved shockwave therapy as a treatment option for erectile dysfunction. As a result, many doctors don’t offer it. Most insurance doesn’t cover it either.
However, you can benefit from this therapy from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Fluent offers two shockwave therapy devices for home use: the EDX and EDX 2. Both models are registered with the FDA. They are class 1 medical devices with product code ISA.
Each EDX treatment session lasts less than 30 minutes. Most men don’t have to worry about shockwave therapy side effects. Depending on the severity of your ED, you may notice improvement after your first treatment.
Check out the EDX and EDX 2 today and start enjoying your life again.