Shockwave Therapy for ED (ESWT)

Revolutionizing Men's Health: Effective Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects millions of men worldwide, and finding an effective, long-lasting solution can be challenging. Enter Shockwave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), a non-invasive treatment that holds the potential to revolutionize men’s health by improving and potentially restoring erectile function without additional pharmacotherapy.

If you are ready to try ESWT to help treat ED issues, contact us and schedule your free consultation.

Key Takeaways

  • Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction endorsed by the sexual medicine society.
  • Clinical evidence supports its effectiveness and safety.
  • You can use ESWT alongside or as a replacement for traditional treatments to alleviate the symptoms of ED.

Understanding Shockwave Therapy in the Context of Erectile Dysfunction

Low-intensity shockwave therapy, a treatment that employs targeted sound waves to stimulate penile tissue and promote blood flow, has emerged as a promising approach to address the underlying causes of ED. This novel treatment option, endorsed by the sexual medicine society, has garnered attention due to its non-invasive nature, which stands in stark contrast to traditional erectile dysfunction treatments that often rely on medications or surgical interventions.

The Science Behind Shockwave Therapy

At its core, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, also known as radial shock wave therapy or low-intensity shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT), employs acoustic waves to induce cellular microtrauma, prompting the release of angiogenic factors that lead to the formation of new blood vessels in the treated tissue. This process encourages the production of angiogenesis-related growth factors, for instance, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). It also activates endothelial cell proliferation factors, including proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). The result is an improvement in blood vessel supply, which can be particularly beneficial for those with vasculogenic erectile dysfunction.

In clinical trials, treatment protocols for LI-ESWT have typically involved:

  • Two treatment sessions per week for three weeks
  • Followed by a three-week no-treatment interval
  • And a second three-week treatment period with two sessions per week

The angiogenic marker levels, related to blood vessels, have significantly increased one week after LI-ESWT, with the effect persisting for approximately eight weeks.

Shockwave vs. Traditional ED Treatments

Compared to traditional ED treatments like oral ED medications, Trimix injections, or the P-Shot, shockwave therapy offers several advantages, most notably its non-invasive nature and potential for long-term results. While conventional ED treatments often involve drugs or invasive procedures, non-invasive treatment like ESWT is generally offered as an option for patients who have not responded positively to medication or who do not wish to pursue more invasive erectile dysfunction treatment. LI-ESWT seeks to reinstate the erectile mechanism to enable natural or spontaneous erections, in contrast to other current ED treatments that are palliative.

You can also use shockwave therapy as a complementary treatment alongside contemporary ED treatments.

The Procedure of Shockwave Therapy for ED

Undergoing wave therapy for ED is a straightforward process that typically involves no anesthesia or special preparation. The procedure is conducted in an examination room, with a healthcare provider administering gentle pulses with a wand-like device across various areas of the penis, resulting in increased blood flow. The treatment time typically only lasts around 15 minutes. It is a quick and effective procedure.

What to Expect During Treatment

During typical shockwave therapy for ED sessions, providers use specialized devices such as handheld probes to deliver low-intensity shock waves to the penis. These devices direct focused waves into the affected tissues, addressing the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction. Sessions generally last between 5 to 15 minutes.

Wave therapy for erectile dysfunction is generally well-tolerated and not typically perceived as painful. However, some men may experience mild discomfort or tingling during the session.

Post-Treatment: Recovery and Results

The recovery process following shockwave therapy is relatively simple, with no particular post-treatment care advised.

Does ESWT require any downtime or limitations?

No, the treatment is non-invasive and requires no downtime or limitations. You can resume your usual activities immediately after the procedure.

Generally, those who receive shockwave therapy for ED can expect improvements within one to three months.

Comparing Side Effects and Risks

One of the critical advantages of shockwave therapy for ED is its minimal side effects and risks compared to traditional erectile dysfunction treatments. While some men may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, the severity of side effects is usually lower than that of conventional ED treatments such as sildenafil (Viagra), which can cause:

  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dyspepsia

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy may be most suitable for men with mild to moderate ED who have not seen satisfactory results with traditional treatments. At Mygenics, we offer ESWT as an option for patients who have not responded positively to medication or do not wish to pursue more invasive treatments.

When Shockwave Therapy Might Not Be Suitable

While wave therapy holds potential for many men with ED, it may not be appropriate for individuals with certain health conditions or in certain situations. Contraindications for ESWT include:

  • Active infection or inflammation in the treatment area
  • Open wounds or ulcers in the treatment area
  • Severe cardiovascular disease
  • Bleeding disorders or use of blood-thinning medications
  • Cancer in the treatment area

Moreover, the effectiveness of shockwave therapy for prostate disease-related ED may differ, and more research is needed to comprehend its potential benefits and limitations in this context fully.


In conclusion, shockwave therapy holds promise as a non-invasive treatment and potentially long-lasting solution for men with erectile dysfunction. With ongoing research and technological advancements, it may soon become a standard treatment option for ED. However, it is essential to consider the costs, potential risks, and individual suitability when considering ESWT as a treatment option for erectile dysfunction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does shockwave therapy do?

Shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction is a non-invasive treatment that uses audible, low-energy sound waves to help reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling while stimulating the repair of cells and tissues. It increases blood flow to the area and releases growth factors in the injured tissue.

What is shockwave therapy best for?

Shockwave therapy is a practical, non-invasive treatment for painful soft tissue, joint, and bone conditions. It breaks down calcific deposits in damaged tissue and stimulates the body’s natural healing process by releasing growth factors. This process suits people in sports, those with overuse injuries, those undergoing physiotherapy, and those with erectile dysfunction.

Does shockwave therapy work?

Studies show shockwave therapy effectively reduces pain, promotes healing of injured soft tissues, and helps treat erectile dysfunction. Overall, wave therapy for ED does work.

Who should not use shockwave therapy?

People who have received a steroid injection in the last six weeks, have a pacemaker fitted, have tumors present at the treatment site, or have an infection or skin abrasion at the treatment site should not use ESWT.

How does shockwave therapy for ED compare to traditional treatments?

Shockwave therapy for ED offers a non-invasive, potentially long-term alternative to traditional treatments such as medications and surgery.

Is Shockwave Therapy for ED Right For Me?

Occasional trouble with an erection is not necessarily something to worry about. However, if you are experiencing progressing and/or continual issues with your erections, then shockwave therapy for ED treatments may be for you. At Mygenics, we’re happy to diagnose and treat any problems you may have.

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