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Ever since the world was introduced to Viagra, dudes suffering from erectile dysfunction were given a second chance at life so to speak. ED is kind of a deal breaker when things are getting hot and steamy, and there are various factors that could be leading to the unfortunate situation, but identifying them can be tricky.

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While Viagra and other prescription drugs do help most of those that suffer from ED, unfortunately they don’t help all of them. But there isn’t a shortage of scientific research that aims to come up with alternatives for the situation. One that appears to be promising is shockwave therapy. Here’s how it’s supposed to work.

Per Men’s Health:

With shockwave therapy, clinicians apply a probe to the penis to send energy from acoustic waves to different parts of the penis, the International Society for Sexual Medicine explains. The hope is that this helps new blood vessels form, which would improve blood flow to the penis—vital to getting and maintaining an erection. Each session lasts about 15 to 20 minutes, and while you may feel some tingling, it usually doesn’t hurt.

According to a new study in International Society for Sexual Medicine, experts at the 18th Congress for the European Society for Sexual Medicine are showing more support for the treatment. While they are pleased with the early results, they admit more tests need to be run.

While it is legal in many countries, it is not approved by the FDA and is still under review in the U.S..

So, in the meantime if you’re having issues, you’ll have to settle for a some ED meds.

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