ED Symptoms & How to Fight Back

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ED Symptoms & How to Fight Back

Most men dream of living a happy and healthy life full of connection and physical intimacy. But when the body doesn’t perform as expected due to ED symptoms, it can lead to disappointment, feelings of guilt, and a complete lack of confidence. 

If you’re unable to maintain an erection and satisfy your partner, it’s best not to ignore it   you might have erectile dysfunction which could indicate severe underlying issues.

While Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is in itself a triggering term because of the shame associated with it, you’re not alone. In fact, ED affects about 30 million men in the United States alone.

Experts widely agree that ED predominantly occurs in males over 40 years of age, but there are also a significant number of men under 40 who experience it [1]. This is primarily due to decreased or reduced blood flow to the penile arteries. ED may also arise due to other underlying problems such as heart disease, diabetes, prostate issues, obesity, and more. 

The result is the inability to perform sexually without the aid of intervention. This problem not only affects your physical condition, but often takes a hefty toll on your mental health, marital and relationship issues, and expectations, leading to low self-esteem and a lower quality of life [2].

If you’re concerned about the quality of your erections, the good news is that there are completely safe treatments for ED that target the underlying cause. Our specialists at Modern Acoustic Medical are dedicated to restoring your sexual spontaneity. 

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

If you’re having trouble getting or sustaining an erection more than half of the time, you might have ED. Here are some of the common causes of ED symptoms:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Blood vessel disorders
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Illicit Drug Use
  • Certain medications
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Past trauma
  • Nerve damage
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Peyronie’s disease

While erectile dysfunction has several potential causes, the symptoms experienced by those affected are consistent. For many men, a physical exam and medical history are enough to diagnose ED and recommend treatment.

Our specialists focus on identifying and correcting the underlying cause in order to provide the best treatment available.

However, many men often wonder if they’ve really developed erectile dysfunction or are simply experiencing a stress-induced temporary condition or hormonal issues [3].

If you’re unsure about whether or not you’re suffering from Erectile Dysfunction, here is a list of common symptoms experienced by men affected:

The condition may be caused by vascular, neurologic, psychological, or hormonal factors [4].

Inability to Achieve an Erection

In more than half of the men affected by ED symptoms, the classic sign is the inability to become erect, despite feelings of sexual desire. 

This is caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis. When there isn’t adequate, sustained blood flow to the penis, the result is ED. 

Inability to Maintain an Erection

This symptom is one of the earliest to arise in those suffering from ED. You may notice the inability to maintain a quality erection (limp). Or, even though you were able to develop an erection, it did not stay viable long enough for intercourse.

However, men also experience lagging or failed erections when they’re under a significant amount of stress. The best way to confirm diagnosis is to visit one of our doctors to determine treatment options for you, once and for all.

Loss of Sexual Desire

If you’ve noticed a decreased interest in sex, this may be a direct result of erectile dysfunction.
The reason for this could be physical – insufficient testosterone to trigger your sexual desire.

Or, the reason could be psychological – stress-induced performance anxiety. You may avoid sex entirely in an attempt to save yourself from the embarrassment you would otherwise face in front of your partner.

Is There Another Way To Tell If I Have Erectile Dysfunction?

While there are self-test methods to determine whether or not you have erectile dysfunction, they are inaccurate and cannot diagnose the condition. More importantly, ED symptoms could be an indication of something more severe.

You may find it difficult to reach out to a doctor for an assessment of something so personal.

If you are facing trouble discussing this intimate problem with your physicians, know that getting the clarity you need could change your life.

How Can I Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

While there are medications available to combat your erectile dysfunction, they often have unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects.

On top of that, the reality is that these medications only work on half of all men and have been known to cause significant damage to the erectile tissue, which can result in emergency treatment or surgery to release blood flow.

Even if pills are initially effective, there is a heavy price tag in prescription costs and potential health risks.

Treating ED with pills is not a viable long term option. The longer you take them, the higher the dosage you’ll need and the less effective they become until they no longer work.

Fortunately, there are groundbreaking treatment options proven to effectively restore your sexual performance with zero pain, needles, or pills.

Acoustic Wave Therapy, also known as shockwave therapy or low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy, involves directing low-intensity shock waves onto the penis to eliminate plaque and increase blood flow. [5]
Modern Acoustic Medical has also introduced this therapy and needless to say, it has gained immense popularity due to the fact that it’s completely safe, non-surgical, and painless.

Why Should I Get Acoustic Wave Therapy?

Due to the adverse effects of prescription drugs and implants in treating ED, acoustic wave therapy has become a leading therapeutic option, considered both painless and effective [6]. It’s unique in that it treats erectile dysfunction at the source in order to restore normal erectile function and spontaneous erections [5].
This treatment is risk-free, non-invasive, and there is no recovery time, with encouraging results [8]. That means you can get back to your daily routine in no time.

If you have a vascular disorder, diabetes, nerve damage, prostate issues, Peyronie’s disease, or cardiovascular diseases, acoustic wave therapy can help. Our doctors at Modern Acoustic Medical will help you to determine a comprehensive treatment plan in order to restore your love life and eliminate your ED symptoms by targeting the cause.

How Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Work?

Acoustic Wave Therapy is a therapy that utilizes a wand-like device for directing very low-intensity shock waves onto the penis. These shock waves work to re-open veins and re-establish proper blood flow to the penis, which significantly improves erectile function in men with ED [7].

Each treatment is a simple in-office procedure lasting about 20 minutes, and there is growing evidence that several sessions may yield better results [9].

After the treatment, men can immediately resume normal daily activities with no downtime.

Is Acoustic Wave Therapy Right for Me?

Several independent, published research papers have proven the safety and efficacy of Acoustic Wave therapy, with 85% of men saying they would recommend it to a friend. We believe that this can actually roll back the clock for most men, allowing men of ages up to 80 — or even 90 — to perform as they did in their more virile years.
With the differences in ED severity and medical history, a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan would be created in order to yield the best results [9].

two happy men having a conversation

Where Can I Get Acoustic Wave Therapy Treatment?

Modern Acoustic Medical provides Acoustic Wave Therapy as a safe and effective option for men of all ages. Our State Certified Doctors and Medical Technicians specialize in the most innovative medical treatments for sexual wellness using regenerative methods.

Our open and inviting clinics are designed to be a safe place to talk openly about your ED symptoms, sexual wellness, and treatment options. During your one-on-one consultation session, our doctors will answer your questions and listen to your concern.

After a comprehensive health assessment, you’ll receive a treatment plan so that you can return to the natural response to sexual arousal and regain your confidence.

When you’re ready to finally treat the cause of your ED, book an appointment at Modern Acoustic Medical, and our doctors will take care of the rest.

References

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3. Foresta, C., Caretta, N., Aversa, A., Bettocchi, C., Corona, G., Mariani, S., & Rossato, M. (2004). Erectile dysfunction: symptom or disease?. Journal of endocrinological investigation, 27(1), 80–95. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03350917

4. Rew, K. T., & Heidelbaugh, J. J. (2016). Erectile Dysfunction. American family physician, 94(10), 820–827. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/1115/p820.html

5. Gruenwald, I., Appel, B., Kitrey, N. D., & Vardi, Y. (2013). Shockwave treatment of erectile dysfunction. Therapeutic advances in urology, 5(2), 95–99. https://doi.org/10.1177/1756287212470696

6. Dong, L., Chang, D., Zhang, X., Li, J., Yang, F., Tan, K., Yang, Y., Yong, S., & Yu, X. (2019). Effect of Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave on the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American journal of men’s health, 13(2), 1557988319846749. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557988319846749

7. Sokolakis, I., & Hatzichristodoulou, G. (2019). Clinical studies on low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. International journal of impotence research, 31(3), 177–194. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41443-019-0117-z

8. Lu, Z., Lin, G., Reed-Maldonado, A., Wang, C., Lee, Y. C., & Lue, T. F. (2017). Low-intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment Improves Erectile Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. European urology, 71(2), 223–233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2016.05.050

9. Porst H. (2021). Review of the Current Status of Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (Li-ESWT) in Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Peyronie’s Disease (PD), and Sexual Rehabilitation After Radical Prostatectomy With Special Focus on Technical Aspects of the Different Marketed ESWT Devices Including Personal Experiences in 350 Patients. Sexual medicine reviews, 9(1), 93–122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sxmr.2020.01.006

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