Erectile dysfunction also referred to as impotence and commonly abbreviated as ED, is a common type of sexual dysfunction in which a man fails to get or keep an erection. Erectile dysfunction is common from time to time, particularly as men age, but frequent occurrences of ED are not.
Erections are directly related to blood flow. As men age, it’s common for micro-plaque to build up in the penis’s blood vessels. Micro-plaque build-up can obstruct and even prevent proper blood flow through the penis, thus making it difficult if not impossible to achieve an erection.
Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels are common causes of erectile dysfunction that stems from blood flow issues. Obesity is another factor in ED caused by blocked blood flow, as your heart must work harder to pump blood throughout your body when you’re heavier. Low testosterone levels or other hormonal imbalances may also contribute to ED.
The causes of erectile dysfunction aren’t limited to being physical or hormonal. Depression, anxiety, and relationship problems, as well as prescribed medications that treat depression, can also impact your sexual health and performance.
Aging does increase the occurrence of erectile dysfunction but does not necessarily put you “at risk” because not everyone who loses an erection every once in a while has a serious case of ED.
Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Peyronie’s disease, can increase your risk of erectile dysfunction. Medical treatments like prostate surgery or radiation treatments may also increase risk. Other erectile dysfunction risk factors include drug use, smoking tobacco products, and excessive alcohol use.
Common symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
Erectile dysfunction is common and can be managed. It’s not your fault and not something to be embarrassed about. Erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of a more serious health problem, and an ED diagnosis may actually be able to help you figure out what that more pressing problem could be.
Plus, erectile dysfunction does more than affect your physical well-being. It can lead to depression, increase anxiety and stress, and negatively impact your self-esteem. You might not be able to satisfy your partner, which may lead to relationship problems.
Addressing erectile dysfunction now can prevent further issues later down the road.
Acoustic Shockwave Therapy uses sound waves to break down the micro-plaque that’s blocking blood flow through the penis. It also works to strengthen currently existing blood vessels while simultaneously creating newer ones, resulting in a longer, stronger erection.
Acoustic Wave Therapy for ED is a noninvasive, surgery-free, and drug-free procedure that targets the root cause of most erectile dysfunction cases: poor blood flow. The procedure takes 15 to 20 minutes and doesn’t require any downtime. There are no serious side effects to acoustic shockwave therapy.
The procedure does take multiple sessions, usually anywhere from 6 to 12 sessions. Though this sounds like a lot, keep in mind that the treatment may actually save you thousands of dollars. Why? It doesn’t need to be taken regularly like other medication options. The results of the shockwave therapy typically last around 2 years, which is longer than most other erectile dysfunction treatments options. Best of all, many patients have reported improvements in their sex life following their first or second treatment!
To determine if you’re the ideal candidate for therapy, talk to your Toronto erectile dysfunction doctor or schedule a consultation at Oakwood Health’s Toronto erectile dysfunction clinic today.
Oakwood Health is a network of clinics providing erectile dysfunction treatment in Toronto, Oakville, Port Credit and Brampton Locations.