Shockwave Therapy vs Other ED Treatments

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, long term treatment solution for erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, hard flaccid and Prostatitis carrying none of the risks or side effects associated with invasive treatments or medication.

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Key features of shockwave therapy include:

  • No known side effects

  • Treats the root cause of the problem

  • Not just a temporary fix

  • A safe alternative for those who can’t take ED medication

Shockwave vs Medications

Traditional ED treatments are pills, drugs inserted into the tip of the penis, or injections into the penis. They have to be taken anywhere from 15 minutes to 36 hours before having sexual intercourses, which impacts on sexual spontaneity and can only be taken once a day.

The most common ED drugs belong to a group known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. They block certain enzyme activity that leads to ED. If you have certain health issues, it may not be safe to take ED drugs.

Side effects

An article published by Harvard Health Publishing suggests that ED drugs fail to work for 30% of the men who take them. Not only is there a risk that erectile dysfunction drugs might not work, but they could trigger some unpleasant side effects.

PDE5 inhibitors have a list of side effects including: Headache, nasal congestion, muscle pain, in rare cases vision problems and if you have a heart condition or take alpha-blockers for prostate or blood pressure then you can not take them at all.

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Not a permanent solution

The results of a study from the United States suggested that the number one brand of ED drug may stop working for many patients after two years. As shockwave therapy has no known side effects, treats the root cause and harnesses the body’s natural healing processes it may offer men a more reliable, less restrictive and safer alternative to medication.

Because of this, costs of ED treatment can also add up over time with medications, as opposed to the one-time cost of shockwave therapy

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Shockwave vs Pumps

Though not usually considered the first-line treatment for most, a pump can be effective with good technique, especially if they fall into the 30% of men for whom medication has no effect.

Side effects

Pumps also have a long list of side effects and contraindications. A pump should not be used if you are taking blood-thinning medication, have a condition that affects blood clotting, if you suffer from Peyronie’s disease (bend in the penis), have a condition affecting the skin on your genitals or have reduced sensation. Side effects include numbness, coldness, pain or bruising, discomfort when ejaculating.


In men who have found first-line treatment with PDE-5 inhibitors ineffective, the combination of these and a penis pump can help them to achieve an erection. However, this is less than ideal and again inhibits sexual spontaneity.

Shockwave has no known side effects, treats the root cause and harnesses the body’s natural healing processes,  it can offer many patients a longer-term, more reliable, less restrictive and safer alternative to pumps

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