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Sound Waves Boost Sex Life

Scientists treat ED by firing sound waves at the genitals…

Scientists have discovered a radical new way of boosting the sex life of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction – by firing shock-waves into the body.

The pain-free therapy uses a mild form of lithotripsy, the technique developed more than 20 years ago to treat kidney stones.

In recent years, scientists found that lithotripsy appeared to have a healthy effect on blood vessels. Now Israeli scientists have applied this technique to help stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the genital area.

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In a three week trail involving 20 men, who were taking Viagra of similar drugs for impotence problems, doctors repeatedly fired low-intensity shock-waves into five specific points in the genital area, using a handheld device.

Doctors then assessed the severity of the men’s impotence on a 30-point scale called the International Index of Erectile Dysfunction – the lower the score, the greater the problem.

Prior to the trail, the men averaged scores of between 12 and 20 points, but after their treatments, their scores increase by 5 to 10 points. Experts say anything in excess of five points is a significant improvement.

None of the volunteers reported any pain or side-effects from the treatment, and by the end of the experiment, 15 of them were able to throw their pills away.

The new findings could men a more effective and natural way to treat ED. Viagra and similar medications, such as Cialis and Levitra, have transformed the treatment of impotence in the past ten years, but around 30 per cent of men who take them see no improvement.

For these men, the only other options are to inject drugs straight into the penis, or use a pump that manually increases blood supply to the organ.

Dr Yoram Vardi, who led the trial, says:

‘Drugs are not a cure. When patients stop taking their medication, then they cannot function…

‘With shock-waves, we can do something biological for the problem. These patients can then function without the need for medication.’

The technique works by triggering the release of an important substance called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor, or VEGF. This substance sends out signals for new blood vessels to start growing.

As a result, cardiologists are now researching to find out if the treatment could be an effect treatment for heart disease. If successful, the technique could be used to treat patients who are too ill to undergo heart bypass surgery.

Some health experts are now convinced there is a close link between impotence and heart disease, and that problems in the bedroom can often signal hidden blockages in blood vessels near the heart which are reducing blood flow around the body.

Dr John Dean, president of the International Society of Sexual Medicine, said the findings were ‘intriguing’ and worth following up in larger studies.

But he warned that earlier attempts to use shock-wave therapy for another condition called Peyronie’s disease – where the penis is bent and painful when erect – had failed:

‘These findings are interesting and definitely warrant further investigation, but we are a long way off saying that men should go to their GP asking for this treatment.’


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