Erectile Dysfunction I
About 5% of men age 40 and older experience erectile dysfunction (ED). This number increases to about 15% after the age of 70. Though common, ED can negatively affect your confidence, self-esteem, and sexual health. At PharmXhealthOne wellness center with convenient locations in Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach, Florida, the team offers advanced treatments to safely minimize side-effects of ED. To schedule an appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is a condition that makes it difficult to get, keep, or maintain an erection long enough to have sex. Almost every man experiences erectile difficulties at one time or another, but ED causes persistent problems over an extended time.
If you’re experiencing ED, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Thanks to modern medical advances, it’s easy to both diagnose and treat.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction occurs when blood flow to the two chambers of the penis –– the corpora cavernosa –– becomes blocked or restricted. ED can arise due to several underlying issues, including:
- Poor circulation
- Hormonal imbalances
- Lack of physical activity
- Alcohol consumption
- Cycling or horseback riding
- Sleep apnea
- Peyronie’s disease
- High cholesterol
- Metabolic disease
- Poor dental health
Some men experience ED due to psychological reasons. For example, stress that occurs in or out of the bedroom can make it difficult for a man to achieve an erection. Additionally, many of the medications used to treat anxiety and depression contribute to ED.
How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?
To diagnose erectile dysfunction, your doctor at PharmXhealthOne conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. If you have an underlying chronic medical condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure, your provider might also order blood tests, a urinalysis, or diagnostic imaging.
Urine and blood tests can detect hormonal imbalances, diabetes, low testosterone levels, and heart disease. Diagnostic imaging techniques, like ultrasound, can detect poor circulation or other blood flow problems that affect the penis.
How is erectile dysfunction treated?
At PharmXhealthOne, the team uses radial shockwave therapy (RSWT), also known as shockwave therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), or acoustic wave therapy (AWT), to treat erectile dysfunction.
This treatment technique uses high-frequency shockwaves to enhance male sexual performance, function, and overall health. It’s the only non-invasive procedure capable of treating the root cause of ED by increasing blood flow, releasing growth factors to form new blood vessels, and breaking down microplaque in the penis.
What’s more, the treatment is drug-free and surgery-free, boasts a more than 75% success rate, requires no downtime, and presents few side-effects.
How many shockwave therapy treatments will I need?
The number of shockwave therapy treatments needed depends on the severity of your symptoms and your individual goals. Most people benefit from six to 12 treatment sessions spaced several weeks apart. From time-to-time, you might also benefit from a maintenance session to preserve your results.