erectile dysfunction

Low-intensity shock wave treatment significantly improves erectile dysfunction

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Men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be in for some good news after a clinical trial of a treatment option for erectile dysfunction has revealed positive results.

Scientists found that experimental low-intensity shock wave treatment significantly improves erectile dysfunction. Researchers point out that the evidence of the effectiveness of this treatment has been largely anecdotal. Low-intensity shock wave therapy addresses the problem of insufficient blood flow to the penis.

The therapy aims to treat the problem, nip it at its bud, so to say, and not just treat its systems. Last year cricket legend Sir ian Bothan too revealed that he has had the treatment. The treatment involves jolts delivered through a probe applied to the penis.

Shock wave therapy has been used since the 1980s to treat gallstones, kidney stones, heart problems, fractures and joint inflammation. In erectile dysfunction, it uses ‘low acoustic’ sound waves to help to improve blood flow to the penis by encouraging new blood vessels to form. Blood flow is crucial to a man’s erections. When a man is sexually excited, arteries widen so that his penis can fill with blood.

The treatment involves a clinician applying a probe to the penis, which is coated in a special gel and the treatment may last up to 20 minutes with different areas of the penis being targeted. Men usually don’t need anaesthesia or experience pain, although they might have a tingling sensation in the treated area.

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