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How Shockwave Therapy Helps Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Most everyone with a penis struggles to achieve or maintain an erection now and then, which is normal and not cause for alarm. For the 5% of men over age 40 with erectile dysfunction (ED), however, the issues are far more than occasional. And like all difficulties that impact sexual function, ED is a quality-of-life issue that can lead to a range of complications, from reduced self-esteem and heightened stress to relationship strife.

Thankfully, ED is treatable. Dr. Robert Rubin is pleased to provide shockwave therapy as an effective treatment option for erectile dysfunction at our office in Tampa, Florida. The noninvasive and drug-free solution for erectile problems can enhance physical and emotional well-being for many. Read on to learn how shockwave therapy can help you. 

Erectile dysfunction basics

Erectile dysfunction happens when factors such as hormonal imbalances, nerve damage, or circulation interfere with erections. In some cases, symptoms stem from an underlying condition in need of treatment, such as heart disease, diabetes, alcoholism, a sleep disorder, or multiple sclerosis. When this is the case, getting the care you need may resolve your ED symptoms, too. When circulation problems continue to pose problems, shockwave therapy can help.

How shockwave therapy helps 

Shockwave therapy delivers low-intensity sound waves through erectile tissue to restore natural function. It does so by clearing plaque in your blood vessels and stimulating the development of new blood vessels. 

When blood can flow freely in your genital region, erections are feasible and easier to maintain. This is important for many people, given that circulation problems are a leading cause of ED. 

Shockwave therapy isn’t yet FDA-approved, but international research shows that it’s both safe and effective.

What to expect during shockwave therapy for ED

If you’d rather not deal with medications, self-injections, vacuums, or implants, or other more invasive treatments, shockwave therapy may be your best bet. Each treatment takes only about 15-20 minutes, during which you won’t experience any pain. The most you’ll notice is a mild tingling sensation as shockwaves are delivered to tissue in the treatment area. 

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and how well your body responds to treatment, you may need a series of 6-12 sessions, spread apart enough to allow your blood vessels to respond. Dr. Rubin will help you decide on an ideal regimen. 

Learn more about shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction by calling one of our offices or booking an appointment with Dr. Rubin through our website today.

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