I’m always interested in new treatment options for erectile dysfunction. ED is a serious problem that affects an astounding 52% of men. I’m also not a fan of medication, as the primary go-to treatment. Too many times we’re so eager to just ‘pop a pill’ for a quick, temporary symptom elimination – without addressing the real underlying problem.
So, my virtual ears perked up when I heard about a new procedure – GainsWave.
The procedure sounds odd. I’m not kidding.
Tens of thousands of sound waves are shot (is that the right word?) through your penis, in the attempt to improve blood flow. And, as any PEGym member will know, when it comes to erection strength – bloodflow is CRITICAL. Now, as weird as this procedure sounds, it’s getting some buzz from sexual health professionals.
“People in the community who deal with erectile dysfunction often use the word ‘promising’ when they talk about this therapy,” says Dr. Michael Reitano, the physician-in-residence for men’s health startup Roman, the creators of the ground-breaking ED telemedicine company.
The sound waves, supposedly, help stimulate new blood vessel and nerve tissue growth. This, allows for better blood flow and may even improve penile tissue sensitivity.
Although similar technology is already being used for treatment of plantar fasciitis and lateral epicondylitis of the elbow, this new treatment hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for the use as treatment for erectile dysfunction. Early studies have found this new treatment safe and effective, long-term and larger studies definitely need to be done.
Only available so far in a few places, including NYC, if the early results hold out, it could be a game changer for many men. Although the device looks frightening (described as a cross between a nail gun and a heavy-duty vibrator), most men find it relatively painless, with just a pins-and-needles sensation.
Administered by a doctor, approximately once a week, for between six and 12 weeks, this procedure isn’t cheap. Averaging about $3,000, health insurance doesn’t cover any of it.
Of course, our position at PEGym is pretty well-known.
Your erection is often a very good indicator of your general overall health.
If you’re having erection difficulties, it could be an indicator of a more serious problem. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, unhealthy stress – all can be the root cause behind your ED. For this reason, your first step in addressing any ED issue is to talk to a medical professional.
Diet, exercise and reducing your stress should be a part of any ED treatment.