Shockwaves To The Penis Could Replace Viagra

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Fed up of having to take that little blue pill? How about a shock to the penis instead?

That may sound like some horrific sort of torture, but a new examine has found that administering small shockwaves could help, and maybe even curesome cases of erectile dysfunction.

Although drugs like Viagra have long been successfully helping soldiers stand to attention, they dont treat the underlying problem and merely work for a matter of hours. While that might be enough to have sex, it entails the deed cant be done spontaneously and essentially involves scheduling not exactly everyone’s recipe for a great sexuality life. But thats what sets this new treatment apart: it actually aims to restore erectile function so that humen can have erectings naturally.

Called extracorporeal shockwave therapy( ESWT ), it involves delivering a focused ray of acoustic waves to a target area where they interact with tissues and induce a small amount of stress and trauma. That may seem counterintuitive, but this impact triggers a cascade of events that ultimately culminate in the release of chemical signals that facilitate the growth of new blood vessels. So by doing this to the penis, the idea is to improve its blood furnish and thus restore the erectile mechanism. And before “youre starting” firmly crossing your legs, dont worry the waves delivered are weak and low-intensity, although you might feel a little burning sensation.

Having already seen positive results from a small pilot study, a group based in Denmark conducted a larger, placebo-controlled examine to scrutinize its effects on erectile function. Described in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology, they recruited 112 humen ranging in age from 37 to 80 who couldnt have sex either with or without medication.

They divided them into two groups and dedicated half the treatment and half sham therapy, directed at six stances on the penis, five times over a five-week period. They then assessed the men 5, 12, and 24 weeks after treatment, but after the first stage humen in the placebo group were offered the real thing, although they didnt previously know they were being given a placebo.

Five weeks after treatment, 57 percent of those receiving the shockwaves were able to achieve an erection and have sex without medication, compared to only nine percentage in the placebo group. Although this diminished by 24 weeks, positive results were still seen as 19 percentage in the active treatment group were still able to have sex without medications, alongside 23 percentage of the working group that first received the placebo.

This study presents a possible remedy in some patients, but more research, longer follow-up in the placebo group and an international multi-centre randomized examine are needed, the authors conclude. If such studies continue to be supportive, though, this treatment would certainly be welcomed, especially in light of the growing number of cases of diabetes and heart disease, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.

[ H/ T: New Scientist]

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