Forever on a quest to find evidence to validate our own findings here at Harley Street Men’s Health Clinic, we are pleased that once again science is continuing to support the effectiveness of shockwave therapy as a treatment for erectile dysfunction.
In this article in the most recent issue of the Official Journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, the authors undertook a double-blinded, randomised and sham controlled trial which is the ‘gold standard’ in terms of clinical trials as there is less likelihood of results being skewed by psychological influences such as the ‘feel better factor’. You can find out more about how this kind of trial works at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280574.php.
While the authors of the study acknowledge that their conclusions are based on a small sample group – due to the emotional sensitivity surrounding this issue it is notoriously difficult to recruit volunteers on to this kind of research programme - nevertheless their results are statistically significant, with over 75% of participants who were given the treatment (and not the placebo) reporting sustained improvements in erectile function, particularly over the course of a 12 month period.
Shockwave therapy is still in its early days as far as clinical trials are concerned, and we are always mindful to try and be objective and professional when discussing the procedure with potential clients. It may not work for everyone, but the majority of our patients report significant changes for the better after undergoing the treatment. By improving blood flow to the penis, this pain free, drug free treatment can offer an effective method of addressing the issue to allow men to continue an active sex life well into their golden age.