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Forget About Little Blue Pills: Research on Shockwave Therapy Shows Drug-Free Results

The data backing up their assertion includes findings that recipients of shockwave treatment reap benefits for “at least 3 months” after the procedure. A separate study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 91% patients who benefited from the therapy maintained improvement after 12 months. And separate clinical observations by physicians have shown improvements that can last two years or more.

The 6 and 12 study

The March 2018 issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine featured a study evaluating recipients receiving 6 and 12 shockwave treatments during a 6-week period. The study then revisited patients six months later to measure the effect of an additional treatment session.

The study involved two groups: Group A was treated once a week and group B twice each week. Both groups enjoyed relief from their ED. Not surprisingly, the results indicated more improvement in group B, and found that revisiting treatment after 6 months “could further improve erectile function without side effects.”

The authors of the study concluded that the additional treatments created better results and that the treatment could be repeated up to as many as 18 sessions.

The Taiwan Study

Research conducted at Kaohsiung Medical University-affiliated hospitals in Taiwan focused on patients who failed to respond to Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5is), which are a popular pharmaceutical treatment for ED. The objective of the study was to determine if shockwave therapy combined with PDE5is would be an effective treatment.

Subjects of the study were administered shockwave treatments once a week for 12 weeks, while continuing their recommended PDE5is use. Thirty-five out of the 52 patients involved were able to “achieve an erection hard enough for intercourse.” After 12 weeks, 94.3% of those success stories were still able to maintain an erection, and—perhaps most impressively—there was not one report of negative side effects.

Where to find the best LI-ESWT provider

While shockwave therapy isn’t new, and it’s been used for years to help break up kidney stones, its application for ED in the United States is. Because of this, not all US doctors are trained in using LI-ESWT to treat ED.

In the United States, only one network of providers operates using a standardized protocol. The GAINSWave® therapy protocol is based on the results of more than 40 clinical studies, with a greater than 75% success rate at treating ED.

If you’re considering shockwave treatment, we encourage you to connect with a GAINSWave physician to discuss your options. Visit us here.