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Erectile dysfunction is a misunderstood condition that can have a negative impact on a man’s self-confidence. Often ED isn’t diagnosed or treated correctly, which can lead to further issues, like relationship problems. The most common treatment for ED is medication or injections, and both of these options can have side effects that worsen the problem.

Dr. Miller has over 20 years of experience treating conditions like ED and many others. Her team at Health Expressions specializes in cutting-edge, non-invasive treatments like GAINSWave therapy to improve blood flow and fix erectile-dysfunction symptoms. If you are looking for GAINSWave treatments in Rockville, MD, or the DC metro area, or GAINSWave treatments in Rochester, NY, or Pittsford, NY, (301) 244-4717 or complete the online booking form.

Signs and Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction

Clinical studies in the US showed that ED affects around 18 million American men over 20. However, many men suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed to talk about it or do not understand the causes. They often blame themselves when many factors can contribute to erectile dysfunction.

The most common symptom of ED is the inability to get or maintain an erection during sex. This can lead to anxiety and self-doubt, which only exacerbates the problem.

Other symptoms include:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Decreased sexual performance
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Less sensation with orgasm or during intimacy

Erectile dysfunction affects men of all ages and is common in men with diabetes and heart disease.

Causes of ED

There are many potential causes of ED, and it can be a side effect of certain medical conditions or medications. In some cases, it may be caused by psychological issues such as anxiety or depression.

 Other causes include:

  • Obesity or lack of physical activity. One of the more common physical causes is obesity or being overweight. This can lead to issues such as vascular disease, which reduces blood flow to the penis. 
  • Hormonal imbalances. Another potential factor is when a man’s testosterone levels are too low. Testosterone is needed to produce nitric oxide, which is essential for achieving and maintaining an erection.
  • Alcohol consumption. Alcohol affects the nervous system, and drinking too much alcohol can affect a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection.
  • Poor circulation. Circulatory problems can lead to poor blood flow to the penis, and blood flow is needed to get an erection.
  • Smoking. Smoking cigarettes is a big contributing factor to developing ED because it can damage the blood vessels and affect circulation. A 2005 study in the U.S. showed that ED is more likely in men who smoked compared to men who did not.
  • Sleep disorder. A sleep disorder can cause fatigue, which can lead to ED. This is usually due to sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes a person to stop breathing for brief periods during the night.
  • Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease affects the nervous system. Since it causes problems with muscle control, those who have Parkinson’s can also experience ED.
  • Prostate cancer. While prostate cancer doesn’t necessarily cause ED, its treatment can. Surgery and radiation therapy can damage the nerves and blood vessels necessary for an erection.

Common Myths and Misconceptions About ED

There are many myths and misconceptions about ED. Some people believe it is only an issue for older men, but this is not true. While it is more common in older men, anyone can experience ED. 

A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that nearly 26% of men under 40 experience ED. It’s important to remember that it’s not just an older man’s problem. This type of mentality can be very damaging as it can prevent men of all ages from seeking the help they need. 

Here are some other common myths:

Myth: Erectile dysfunction is mainly psychological.

Fact: Unfortunately, many men feel that ED is just in their heads. However, physical causes are much more common than psychological causes. Psychological reasons are only responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of ED.

Myth: You need surgery to treat erectile dysfunction

Fact: Under rare and severe circumstances,surgery may be required to treat ED. Sexual health specialists like Dr. Miller can diagnose and treat many ED cases using noninvasive methods like acoustic wave therapy.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction is an older man’s problem. 

Fact: 26% of the male population under the age of 40 say they experience ED on at least an occasional basis. Although age factors into ED, it will not be the only factor a medical professional should consider when treating ED.

Myth: ED is a single problem. 

Fact: ED is complicated. Most of the time, ED can indicate one or more underlying health issues, and all will need to be addressed to treat ED effectively.

How Does GAINSWave Work?

GAINSWave is a form of Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (LI-ESWT). This therapy has been used to treat ED for over 15 years. GAINSWave therapy uses acoustic waves to improve blood flow and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels by breaking up micro-plaque buildup around the vessels. The soundwaves trigger the release of growth factors that promote healing. This process is called neovascularization, which simply means the body creates new blood vessels. Once the new blood vessels are formed, blood flow increases resulting in better-quality erections.

The treatment is a simple in-office procedure that requires no anesthesia or pain medication and only takes about 10-20 minutes. Most men see results after just six sessions, and the results may last up to 2 years. For optimal results, maintenance sessions are suggested to maintain healthy blood flow.

Benefits of GAINSWave

The main benefit of GAINSWave therapy is that it works! It has been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for ED. In a study of 60 men with ED, researchers reported that, compared with a placebo treatment, shock wave therapy resulted in significant improvements in measures of erectile function and increased satisfaction with their sex lives. The majority of men in the study also reported an improvement in their ability to maintain an erection long enough to have successful intercourse.

GAINSWave shock wave therapy is:

  1. Noninvasive. No surgery is required, and no pain medication is needed.
  2. Requires no anesthesia. There is no need for local anesthesia or numbing agents.
  3. Fast. The treatment only takes about 10-20 minutes.
  4. Effective. Most men see results after just six sessions.
  5. Long-lasting results. Shock wave therapy has a high success rate, provides more sustainable erections, and can last up to 2 years.
  6. Safe. There are no side effects or risks associated with shock wave therapy.

Is GAINSWave Therapy Safe?

Yes, it is a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. There are no side effects or risks associated with the treatment since it is non-invasive and safe for men with heart conditions, high blood pressure, or diabetes. You should be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately after your treatment session.

Is GAINSWave Treatment Painful?

No, it is not painful. There is no need for local anesthesia or numbing agents since the treatment is noninvasive. You may feel a slight tingling during the treatment, but this should not be painful.

What Should I Expect During Treatment?

During GAINSWave therapy, you will lie down on a comfortable treatment bed. A gel will be applied to your penis, and a handheld device will be used to deliver the shock waves. The treatment itself is painless, and most men report feeling a slight tingling sensation. The entire treatment session will last about 10-20 minutes. 

Am I a Good Candidate for GAINSWave?

GAINSWave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction in many cases. It can be used to treat men of all ages, including those who have undergone prostate surgery.

If you have erectile dysfunction, then you may be a good candidate for shock wave therapy. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns. During your consultation, you will undergo a physical exam and discuss your medical history to determine if shock wave therapy is the best ED treatment for you. Dr. Miller will then create a customized treatment plan made specifically for you.

If you are ready to take the first step to improve your sexual function and get your confidence back, call (301) 244-4717 to schedule a consultation or fill out the online booking form.

Sexual Enhancement: Fix Issues in the Bedroom

Problems in the bedroom are common as men age and can be frustrating and embarrassing. GAINSWave provides a breakthrough solution for any man seeking better erection quality and increasing performance during sexual intercourse. If you are a man over 30, chances are you won’t perform the same as you used to. However, with shock wave treatments, you can get stronger erections, improve sexual performance, decrease recovery time between orgasms, and boost your confidence.

Local GAINSWave Experts

If you’re looking for a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction and want to improve your sexual health and self-confidence, shock wave therapy may be right for you. 

Visit Health Expressions today to find out more about GAINSWave treatment. We understand that the process may be difficult and embarrassing, but our team will make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. If you’re looking for GAINSWave treatment in Rockville, MD, the DC metro area, or the Rochester, NY, and Pittsford, NY area, contact us today at (301) 244-4717 to schedule an appointment or complete the online booking form. We’re here to help!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does GAINSWave increase size?

Gainswave improves blood flow and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. After therapy, some men may report an increase in size, but this may be due to an increase in blood flow and not an actual increase in size. Results vary between patients.

Is GAINSWave covered by insurance?

No, unfortunately, shock wave therapy is not covered by health insurance. At Health Expression, we offer many different payment and finance options so that finances are not a barrier to receiving care.

Does GAINSWave really work?

Yes, it is a safe and effective therapy for erectile dysfunction, and it has been clinically proven to improve erectile function in men.

Are there any risks with shock wave therapy?

No, there are no risks or side effects associated with GAINSWave therapy. It is a non-invasive, safe treatment for erectile dysfunction.

How long does GAINSWave last?

The results of GAINSWave therapy are long-lasting. Most men report improved erectile function for up to two years after treatment.

Book Your GAINSWave® Appointment

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