Although most won’t admit it, ten per cent of men will at some point in their life suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). The condition, also known as impotence, is the inability to obtain and maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. It’s estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will experience it to some degree. As well as anguish for the male, erectile problems can cause immense distress in relationships and marriages. So, it is important for couples to address any ED problems.
Erectile dysfunction can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological.
The common causes include:
- Chronic smoking, which narrows the blood vessels supplying the penis
- Coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes
- Low testosterone level Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
- Anxiety, depression, work stress and or psychological issues
- Kidney failure
- Pelvic trauma and spinal cord injury
- Stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
- Surgery or radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
- Drugs e.g. anti-depressants
- Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
Common treatments for ED are phosphodiesterase inhibitors such as Viagra and Cialis. They work by increasing blood flow to the penis to allow for a strong and longer-lasting erection during sex. However, they can have some side effects that can include nasal congestion, back pain, dizziness, memory problems, nausea and sudden temporary hearing loss. Plus, some patients with erectile dysfunction do not respond to oral or topical medications such as Viagra.
Another issue with Viagra is that because it doesn’t work instantaneously, any romantic union must be planned in advance and then there’s only an hour-long window. The good news is that scientists have come up with an alternative to treat men with erectile dysfunction.
What is the new therapy to treat Erectile Dysfunction?
Scientists have invented and tested a new erectile dysfunction therapy that involves sound waves. It’s the first real alternative to medications like Viagra in 15 years. Linear Shockwave Therapy (LSWT) is an effective and painless means of alleviating the physical problem.
How does Linear Shockwave Therapy work?
LSWT works by encouraging the growth of new blood vessels and therefore the rate of blood flow to the penis. The procedure utilizes a series of pulsed acoustic energy in the ultrasonic range. The focused energy, when applied to tissue, provides improvement of penile hemodynamics by increased ability to push blood to the penis and keep it there.
What does the treatment involve?
The procedure does not require an anaesthetic or sedation prior to treatment. Four 20-minute sessions are recommended once a week, in order to achieve noticeable results. Normal activities can be resumed straight afterwards. Noticeable results are achieved within six weeks.
Is Linear Shockwave Therapy safe?
LSWT is safe because the sound waves are of a very low energy output. The procedure is quiet, painless, and requires no anesthesia.
Is Linear Shockwave Therapy (LSWT) available in Thailand?
Yes, it is available at Men’s Health By APEX Medical Center in Bangkok
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