1 in 10 men experience erectile dysfunction in their lifetime, but what are the symptoms and what do you do about it?

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Signs and Symptoms

Occasionally struggling to get or maintain an erection in the bedroom is nothing to worry about. This is not a sign of erectile dysfunction, particularly for men over 40 due to a number of factors. However, continuously failing to obtain erection over a long period of time (over 6 months) is a better indication of ED.

Always visit your GP first as treatments can depend on the cause. The NHS recommends lifestyle changes such as losing weight, improving diet, increasing exercise, stopping smoking and stopping lowering alcohol consumption, but the problem may persist in older men. Others causes could be linked to a breakdown in relationship or mental health problems. Counselling is recommended for psychological issues.

Common Treatments

Often clinics and GPs will prescribe sildenafil (Viagara) or tadalafil (Cialis). This is the cheapest and easiest solution for the NHS, as they are unable to invest in top-of-the-range technology, but oral medication is not the most effective way to treat ED. They only work for up to 4 hours at a time and you have to remember to take the pill at least 30 minutes before intercourse. Medicines to stimulate erection also come with side-effects such as headaches, feeling sick, hot flushes and dizziness.

Alternative treatments consist of painful injections or a ‘penis pump’ that do not alter the underlying erectile mechanism and therefore only a temporary fix before the problem re-emerges.

The Shockwave Solution

Shape Your Future offer erectile dysfunction treatment using high tech, medically approved BTL Shockwave Therapy. Unlike oral medication or injections, ESWT (Electrocorporeal Shockwave Therapy) is a long-term solution with very few, if any, side effects. Despite being the most effective clinical method of treating all kinds of erectile dysfunction, ESWT technology is not ordinarily available via the NHS or UK health clinics due to the cost of the equipment, but is at your local Massage & Rehabilitation clinic in Hilderstone, Staffordshire. Clinical Director Tom Hughes is fully trained in the application of BTL Shockwave technology and conducts each client meeting with complete professionalism and confidentiality.

BTL shockwave therapy tool

Shockwave Therapy an excellent non-surgical tool for use to combat erectile dysfunction long-term. Under the influence of acoustic waves generated by the probe of the Shockwave Therapy machine, the tissue is affected at a cellular level. Acoustic waves activate biological responses, leading to a release of angiogenic growth factors and endothelial proliferation. This results in new growth of blood vessel proliferation within the penis and leads to a renewed and stronger erection.

There is no established recommended treatment period or frequency, according to Healthline. The usual amount of treatments required can vary between 3-6 from person to person depending on progress.

Thanks for reading. Book an initial ED consultation via syfmassage.co.uk/online-booking.

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