Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common sexual health condition facing countless men around the world. Its prevalence (1) can reach up to 75%. It is estimated that by 2025, more than 320 million men will be affected by erectile dysfunction. As a key research area in men’s health, ED has been studied for years to identify the best possible management and treatment options for this condition. Shockwave therapy is an effective drug-free ED treatment that more healthcare providers are now including in their ED treatment options.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to achieve or maintain penile erections. When it was first diagnosed, doctors believed it was only caused by psychological problems like stress or performance anxiety. Later, further research has clarified that key physiological causes are linked to ED, especially those related to abnormal blood flow to the penis.
Types of Erectile Dysfunction
There are multiple types of ED based on the underlying cause. Vasculogenic ED is caused by impaired blood flow to the penis whereas neurogenic ED is associated with abnormal nerve supply to the penis which blocks the nerve signaling from the brain that trigger erections. Drug-induced, or iatrogenic, ED is caused by the use of specific medications like antidepressants which have side effects that reduce sex drive and arousal.