What is low-intensity shockwave therapy (LiSWT)?
Using energy from acoustic waves, shockwave therapy improves blood circulation by triggering a process call neovascularization, which is the formation of new blood vessels. It is used to help patients with kidney stones, heart problems, fractures, inflamed joints and, of course, erectile dysfunction.
The benefits of shockwave therapy
When a man is aroused, his arteries widen, allowing his penis to fill with blood and create an erection. If a man has circulatory problems in his penis, it can mean weaker erections or he might not be able to get an erection at all.
One of the advantages of shockwave treatment over pills is that it is a more permanent solution and that it targets the erectile mechanism, making men more likely to have erections on their own.
How it works
A clinician will apply a probe covered in a special gel to your penis for a 15-20-minute therapy session. The therapy is normally done without anesthesia or pain relief as, although you might experience a tingling sensation, the process is not usually painful.
Speak to your urologist about this option as it is well tolerated by most men and has shown positive results in clinical trials. Many men have reported that their erections have improved, although those with more severe ED may still need to take medication alongside the therapy.