It's no secret that as our bodies age we lose some of the functionality we had when we were younger. This is particularly true for men - both those who have some type of erectile dysfunction and those that are otherwise healthy. The penis has muscles that control the blood flow to the erection chambers. When these muscles are contracted they allow for normal blood flow and results in a flaccid state. When a man is aroused, these muscles will relax and trap the blood from exiting the penis, causing the erection chambers to become filled and expanding the tissues of the penis.
Over 50% of men experience difficulties in the bedroom as they age. This is because as men age, blood vessels in the penis deteriorate and fill with micro-plaque causing decreased blood flow. This loss of blood flow generally will affect 40% of men over the age of 40, and 70% of men aged 70 and that can create an inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity. Additionally, during the aging process, men produce less testosterone which also contributes to the effects of ED.
What Are My Options?
With such a large population that can be affected by erectile dysfunction, it's no wonder there is no shortage of treatment options. These include pills, pumps, restriction bands, injections, or penile suppositories – all with the end goal of increasing the blood flow to the penis with the ultimate goal of an erection.
While oral medications clinically known as PDE-5 Inhibitors – like Cialis, Viagra, Levitra – can help, they aren't for everyone and can cause some unpleasant side effects in some men. Some men experience headaches, back pain, vision changes with these medications. Due to the need to time them according to sexual activity, they can limit spontaneity. There is also the possibility of causing a condition called priapism where the erection cannot be released and would require immediate medical attention. Also, some men are not good candidates for these pharmaceuticals due to the way they affect blood pressure to help achieve an erection.
Vacuum Pumps and Bands
Devices like the pump and restrictive bands can be effective for some but require some planning and are inconvenient when you are 'in the moment' or if you are in a situation where you don't have access to the pump. The restrictive bands may help keep blood from leaving the penis, but they can be uncomfortable (or painful) and depending on the type you use, could become difficult to remove - which could end up in an embarrassing trip to the emergency room to have it removed.
Penile suppositories work by inserting a small dose of medication into the urethra with a plastic plunger. As the drug is released into the penis it increases the blood flow as it travels to the erection chambers and relaxes the muscles of that area which is what allows blood to flow in. This type of treatment is successful in 30-40% of men and usually begins working within 20 minutes of application.
Another treatment involves injecting medication into the base of the penis. These can help produce an erection within 20 minutes, but the medication used to enlarge the veins and increase the blood supply also travel throughout your whole body - increasing the blood flow everywhere. These injections also require advanced planning or excusing yourself from the moment so you can go to your medicine cabinet (or refrigerator - as required for some mixes), draw out your dosage, inject the dose into your penis either manually or with a spring-loaded injector. All of which can dampen the mood for your waiting partner or yourself - after all, you just stuck a needle into your penis! And should the moment be gone, you could be stuck with an erection that could last for up to 60 minutes. These injections (along with the suppositories) should only be used by men who have confirmed ED or it may result in lasting damage.
If those options don't sound appealing, you're not alone - and you are in luck. Lindgren Functional Medicine is proud to be providing an effective alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction called GAINSWave®.
What is GAINSWave® Treatment?
This treatment shares the same goal as the other options, which is to increase the blood flow to the penis. But that is where the similarities end.
GAINSWave® is a clinically proven pain free and completely non-invasive treatment that has been used in Europe for over 15 years with great success. Treatments take about 20 minutes in the clinic using high frequency, low-intensity sound waves to increase blood flow to the penis activating cell and tissue repair. This stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and eliminates the micro-plaque - resulting in increased flow in the penis and stronger, harder, and more sustainable erections.
And unlike some of the other treatments, GAINSWave® is not just for men with erectile dysfunction. Men without ED use the treatments to keep things in 'working order' and to optimize their performance. Also, the effectiveness of GAINSWave® can be increased when combined with an additional treatment known as PRP.
What are the benefits?
Patients report enhanced erections, improved sexual performance, increased sensation in the penis, more spontaneous erections and better orgasms.
Are there advantages over other ED medications and treatments?
There are quite a few ways in which GAINSWave® is a more advantageous approach. Probably most important are that the treatment is drug and surgery-free, and that treatment is completely non-invasive and has no known side effects. There is the convenience factor as well - the short 20-minute treatments take place in the clinic — not the bedroom. Additionally, this protocol provides long-lasting results with no downtime and actually addresses the root cause of ED - poor blood flow.
How many treatments are required?
Depending on your goals, you may require anywhere from 6 to 12 treatments. We also offer a preventative maintenance and performance package to maintain the results and optimize performance.
Is there research to back this up?
Numerous studies show this is the most effective ED treatment available. Visit GAINSWave.com to see all of the clinical data.
Will my insurance cover GAINSWave®?
No. GAINSWave® is not covered by insurance. We do offer treatment packages.