Erectile dysfunction is a common problem for men of all ages. Over the years, the medical community has developed a variety of treatments to help men with ED to experience a more satisfying sex life, but many of these solutions treat the symptoms of ED without getting to the root of the problem. While pills, pumps, and surgery can be helpful, most men don’t want to have to take pharmaceuticals on a long-term basis, plan ahead before they have sex to go under the knife. Fortunately, acoustic wave therapy provides a painless and non-invasive treatment for ED that addresses the problem instead of merely reducing the symptoms.
Acoustic Wave Therapy for ED
Acoustic wave therapy uses sound waves to stimulate the growth of blood vessels in targeted areas of the body, a process that is known as neovascularization. Poor blood flow is a common cause of ED, so clearing plaque from blood vessels and encouraging growth can be an effective way to help men naturally achieve erections and enjoy a healthy sex life.
During the procedure, the penis is coated with a special gel and different areas are targeted with shock waves. There is no need for local anesthesia and each treatment lasts just 15 to 20 minutes. The total number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient, but you may undergo around 12 treatments that are spaced 2-3 weeks apart. Over time, the blood flow will increase and you will be able to naturally achieve erections.
Alternative Treatments for ED
Medications. Several different medications have proven effective in treating the symptoms of ED. Depending on the medication, you may have to take the pill anywhere from an hour to 36 hours before sex and you can’t use it more than once in a day. These drugs also come with side effects, including muscle aches, stuffy nose, and headaches. In addition, patients with heart disease and blood pressure issues cannot safely use these medications.
Injections and Suppositories. Alprostadil is another medication that can either be injected into the penis or inserted through a suppository in order to achieve erections. As you might imagine, this can be an uncomfortable treatment that significantly increases your risk of experiencing an erection for more than four hours, which will require medical attention.
Vacuum Pumps. This device includes a clear plastic tube that fits over the penis and a pump that removes air from the tube and works to increase blood flow. While this treatment is effective in about 80% of men, it can be uncomfortable and take away from the spontaneity of sex.
Penile implants. These devices are surgically implanted in the body and come in a variety of types. Inflatable implants use a fluid that is stored in a reservoir to fill the implant and create an erection. Semirigid rods are another option, but this treatment means that patients will always have an erection. Surgical penile implants are usually the last resort for patients who haven’t been able to experience relief through other methods.
While these ED therapy treatments can be helpful, they can cause varying levels of discomfort. In addition, they tend to treat the symptoms of ED without addressing the problem.
Smart Wave at Restorative Health
With Smart Wave acoustic therapy, patients can enjoy a natural therapy that works by using the power of sound waves to repair existing blood vessels and promote the growth of new vessels. This approach provides a lasting solution that can help you live a more fulfilling and spontaneous sex life without having to worry about taking medication and undergoing invasive medical procedures.
Contact the experts at Restorative Health of St. Loius today to learn more about our Smart Wave acoustic wave therapy and treat the cause of your ED for lasting relief.