At UltraWave Center, we help patients become the happiest and healthiest person they can be. Having an active sex life is part of living a happy and healthy life, and erectile dysfunction is one possible barrier to that.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the lack of ability to get or keep an erection. While it is common to have trouble “getting it up” every now and again (especially as men age), erectile dysfunction is a frequently occurring issue that can kill confidence and relationships. That is not a natural part of aging. Having a healthy, active sex life is a key to longevity.
A variety of complications usually arise when erectile dysfunction becomes a real issue. The most obvious is a poor, unsatisfactory sex life. Due to this, other problems typically begin to manifest such as embarassment, anxiety, and depression. Treating the root cause of ED once it’s identified can help prevent these issues and relationship problems in the future.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction symptoms may include:
• Trouble getting or keeping an erection
• Decreased sex drive
There are several factors that may put you at risk for erectile dysfunction, and age is not the only one. Other common risk factors include certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart conditions; drug, alcohol, and tobacco use; being overweight or obese; nerve damage or other injuries; and medication side effects.
What Causes ED?
Some of the most common physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:
- Heart disease
- Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain prescription medications
- Tobacco use
- Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
- Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
- Sleep disorders
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
- Low testosterone
There are also non-physical causes of ED, such as:
- Ongoing stress
- Interpersonal relationship issues
Given the issues associated with erectile dysfunction, it is imperative to see a doctor to ensure that the cause of your isn’t a symptom of something even more serious, particularly with clogged blood vessels that can lead to heart disease and possibly a heart attack.
From there, you and your doctor can decide the best way to treat erectile dysfunction.
How We Treat Erectile Dysfunction at Our Las Vegas Clinic
Here at UltraWave Center, we treat erectile dysfunction with shockwave therapy, a revolutionary treatment that uses high-frequency sound waves to break down plaque that blocks blood flow. It’s a non-invasive procedure that is done in-office, without any of the potential complications that follow surgery and potential drug side effects. In fact, there are little to no known side effects of shockwave therapy.
What Can I Expect?
After shockwave therapy treatment, you can expect to go about your day as you normally would. There’s no need to waste a day of PTO or explain the reason behind your absence. You can get back to work and play right away.
Shockwave therapy will take more than one round of treatment (it can take anywhere from 6–12 treatments), but each treatment is done quickly, safely, and painlessly.
How Successful is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy boasts a success rate of over 75%. It’s essentially risk-free, surgery-free, and the only non-invasive procedure that treats the root cause of erectile dysfunction. It’s no wonder that shockwave therapy is one of the top-rated treatment options for erectile dysfunction.