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Can sound waves be used to fix erectile dysfunction?

These days, it feels like we are inching closer and closer to living in a full-blown science fiction movie. 3D printers allow people to print whatever their hearts desire, while hover boards zip people around town. But while the world at large seems to be changing, treatment of erectile dysfunction seems firmly rooted in yesteryear. Since the advent of the erectile dysfunction pill, the field of erectile dysfunction treatment has remained almost entirely the same. But researchers may have finally found a suitably futuristic way to treat ED: sound waves.

Called extra-corporeal shock wave therapy (or ESWT for short), this groundbreaking erectile dysfunction treatment method is making waves in the medical community. The treatment works by directing low-intensity sound waves at six areas along the penis. According to scientists, these sound waves assist in the improvement of blood flow throughout the penis by opening up pre-existing blood vessels and helping in the growth of new blood vessels.

It isn’t just conjecture, either; a recent study of 112 men with erectile dysfunction had half of the men receive five weekly doses of the sound waves, while the other half of the test group received a placebo. At the conclusion of the study, 57 per cent of the treated men reported being able to have penetrative sex, compared to the 9 per cent of men in the placebo group.

While sound wave treatment for erectile dysfunction is still an emerging field, serious research is looking into the treatment method to determine how it can better assist men with ED. So, the next time you encounter issues downstairs, it could be the healing power of sound that gets you back between the sheets.

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