When (and Why) to Consider Acoustic Wave Therapy

May 13, 2023
If your body isn’t responding the way you’d like during sex, you may want to consider acoustic wave therapy. Learn how this drug-free treatment can help.

Over half of men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) at some point, with the odds increasing after age 40. And while erection problems aren’t usually medically dangerous, they can interfere with your sex life, relationships, and self-confidence.

If you’re struggling to achieve or maintain erections and oral medications aren’t ideal or helpful, it’s time to consider acoustic wave therapy (AWT).

At Kane Health, serving the Silicon Valley, Atherton, and the San Francisco Bay area of California, our expert team specializes in male sexual health and offers acoustic wave therapy for improved sexual function. 

Let’s delve into erectile dysfunction, including how AWT might benefit you.

Why erectile dysfunction happens

In ideal conditions, sexual arousal increases blood flow to your penis while the muscles in your penis relax. As blood fills the spongy tissue that runs along the length of your penis, an erection happens.

A range of factors can interfere with this process, including:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Medications, such as blood pressure drugs
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Relationship challenges
  • Scar tissue
  • Sleep disorders and sleep loss
  • Smoking
  • Stress

Aging and obesity also increase your risk of ED. And once you have it, reduced sex drive and intimacy issues are common.

How acoustic wave therapy works

Also known as shock wave therapy, acoustic wave therapy (AWT) uses sound waves to stimulate tissue, encourage blood flow, and support healing. It’s often used to treat conditions like kidney stones, but urologists have started using this natural and minimally invasive procedure to treat erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease, too. 

From a sexual health standpoint, AWT kickstarts the growth of new blood vessels and improves blood flow for stronger erections. It might also help reduce scar tissue for fewer Peyronie’s disease symptoms.

During treatment, our team uses a wand-like device to deliver mild shockwaves to the treatment area. Numbing agents applied 15-20 minutes before will ensure you stay comfortable.

Good candidates for acoustic wave therapy

Acoustic wave therapy is generally considered safe unless you’ve had prostate cancer. You may be an optimal candidate if other ED treatments haven’t sufficed, you can’t take oral medications due to a condition like heart disease, or you simply prefer to avoid oral medications and more invasive options.

Our team can determine if AWT is right for you by way of a comprehensive exam, where we’ll discuss your symptoms and overall health. We can also confirm or rule out any underlying condition that needs treatment. 

To learn more about acoustic wave therapy or to get the care you need, call Kane Health or request an appointment through our website today.