Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as having trouble achieving and maintaining an erection. Every man experiences occasional symptoms. However, if it becomes a frequent problem and is preventing you from achieving the intimacy you desire, you could have erectile dysfunction.
Stress, some chronic diseases, being overweight, certain lifestyle choices, and relationship problems can all cause or exasperate ED. If you suspect you may have erectile dysfunction, see a reputable urologist for a diagnosis and treatment.
Treating ED usually starts with finding out its underlying cause and responding to it. A man’s lifestyle could be causing erectile dysfunction. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and being overweight have been linked to a higher incidence of erectile dysfunction symptoms. Some medications can also cause the condition. These medications include antidepressants, antiarrhythmics, tranquilizers, and muscle relaxants. Another common cause is low testosterone levels. This hormonal imbalance could be a result of aging, but very low T levels are often due to chronic diseases and their treatments, sleep problems, and malnutrition.
Your doctor will discuss your lifestyle habits with you and order some lab tests to assess your medical health. Based on this information, they will narrow down on the specific cause of your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Available Treatments for ED
Current treatments for ED include oral medications, such as Sildenafil (Viagra) and Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn). Medication for ED enhances the effects of nitrous oxide, which relaxes muscles and boosts blood flow – both necessary for an erection. Doctors also recommend Alprostadil injections. It is self-injected by the patient at the time they want to partake in sexual activity.
If a patient is uncomfortable with needles, there are also Alprostadil suppositories. While these treatments help with ED, there are other treatments that preserve spontaneity. An example is a penile implant, which is surgically installed and allows patients to get erections whenever they desire.
Emerging Treatment for Vasculogenic ED
If a blood flow problem is the root cause of your ED, there is a highly advanced treatment for ED — low-intensity shockwave therapy. It is a non-invasive, alternative treatment to ED. Low-intensity shockwave therapy (LIST) applies low-intensity shock waves to the area. With shockwaves occurring at a speed of 1,500, it triggers the release of various angiogenic growth factors — stimulating blood vessel growth — and the activation of tissue repair to restore function.
This treatment works at the cellular level, improving blood flow, causing regeneration of nerves, and resulting in harder and long-lasting erections. It also brings back spontaneity in sex, since LIST sessions are done in a clinic through 20-minute sessions. What makes LIST even greater is that it complements the effects of conservative treatments. For instance, it has been shown to boost the effects of oral ED treatments.
Low-intensity shockwave therapy is considered an emerging treatment for ED. Most recent clinical studies have shown that it’s low-risk and has a good safety record.
Shockwave Therapy for ED in Edmonds and Seattle, WA
If you are interested in learning more about our ED treatments, call Affirm Clinic at (206) 231-6000. You can also request a consultation using our online request form. Our specialists are dedicated to helping restore your virility!