Count us out…
Erectile dysfunction may seem like a condition reserved for old age but it’s actually surprisingly common with 1 in 10 men in the world thought to suffer from it.
According to the UK Health Centre, only 33% of those affected by male impotence will actually seek help and advice, and for those that do, the options aren’t great.
Over the years, men have tried to treat erectile dysfunctions with everything from penile implants, injections and of course pills, with over 20 million men across the world having used Viagra as a treatment.
However, according to a recent study there’s a new treatment for erectile dysfunction and it is proven to work – that is if you don’t mind the terrifying technique.
According to the study, carried out by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, the answer is low intensity shock wave treatment – aka sending shock waves through the penis.
The 20-minute procedure sees doctors put a small surgical instrument on the penis, before sending sound waves through it, thereby stimulating the forming of new blood vessels – a crucial element to getting an erection.
The research in question saw the University’s Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health analyse 46 men suffering with erectile dysfunction, giving 30 of the patients the low intensity shock wave therapy, and the others a placebo treatment.
Following examination over 12 months, those treated with shock waves had made vast progress compared to the placebo group, with a 75% improvement rate at the end of the year.
Still, compared to the centuries-old treatments of eating wolf penis and implanting monkey testicle tissue into humans to stop impotence, this doesn’t sound too bad.