Hard Flaccid Syndrome

Hard flaccid syndrome is a painful condition that can have a significant impact on your sex life, as well as regular urological processes such as urination.

Shockwave therapy for hard flaccid is a treatment that can help treat erection problems associated with the condition and can also relieve pain and repair some of the damage done to the penis.

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What is Hard Flaccid Syndrome?

Hard flaccid syndrome, also known as hard flaccid (HF), is a condition which causes men’s penises to be permanently semi-erect, even if they are not aroused. Erections are typically difficult to achieve, may not be as rigid, and men with the condition may find they require more stimulation or arousal than they did before. The condition can be quite painful for those who have it, particularly during ejaculation, urination and erection.

It primarily occurs in men who are in their 20s or 30s, though it can happen at any age. The loss of sexual function and chronic pain can have a considerable impact on the lives of men with hard flaccid, so it is important not to ignore symptoms if you think you might have it. It may be easily treatable.

If you think your symptoms suggest you may have hard flaccid, give one of our clinics a call. We will ask you a few questions to narrow down the issue, and may suggest that you speak to your GP to get a formal diagnosis.

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Feelings of Numbness or Coldness

Persistent Semi-Rigidity

Pain During Ejaculation or Urination

What Causes Hard Flaccid?

Hard flaccid syndrome is not a common disorder, and is not widely understood by the medical community to the extent that common conditions such as erectile dysfunction or Peyronie’s disease are. 

Hard flaccid is thought to be caused by trauma to blood vessels or nerves at base of penis during sex or masturbation. This trauma can restrict blood flow and sensation in the penis, causing feelings of “hollowness”, coldness, or insensitivity in the penis, as well as the semi-erect state.

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What Treatments are Available for Hard Flaccid?

To treat hard flaccid, the damaged blood vessels and nerves at the base of the penis will need to be repaired. This would typically involve surgery depending on the extent of the damage, however luckily we have non-invasive treatments which can produce the same effect.

Shockwave therapy has been shown to encourage the formation of new blood vessels (atherogenesis) and nerves (axonal regeneration), the two things thought to be damaged in trauma leading to hard flaccid. By passing high-frequency acoustic pulses through the base of the penis, focused shockwave therapy can treat the area with precision, potentially repairing some of the damage done.

Focused shockwave therapy has no known side effects and treats the root cause of the problem, rather than just covering it up temporarily or relieving pain. The treatments are quick, pain-free and discreet, patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.

It is very important that you don’t:

  1. Use a penis pump.
    • By using a penis pump you may force the penis into an unnatural position, place too much pressure on it, and increase the amount of damage done, leaving you in a worse position than you were before.
  2. Use a home-use shockwave therapy device for sale online.
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An Introduction to Treating Urological Conditions with Shockwave Therapy

We’ve produced this short video to explain shockwave therapy can be used to effectively treat the common root causes of erectile dysfunction.

Treat hard flaccid naturally without medication or invasive surgery. Harnesses the body's own healing power to repair blood vessels and nerves.

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