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Learn what nerve causes erectile dysfunction and the methods used to treat it.

Nerve problems can contribute to erectile dysfunction, and specialists have ED treatments available for those with neurological complications associated with ED.

What nerve causes erectile dysfunction?

Of the many types of physical causes for erectile dysfunction, neurological conditions are among the most challenging, as they involve basic nerve function, one of the key aspects of normal sexual function. An erection is a neurovascular occurrence. Any disease or dysfunction that affects the brain, spinal cord, cavernous and pudendal nerves can contribute to ED. Because the MPOA, the paraventricular nucleus, and the hippocampus have been regarded as important integration centers for sexual drive and penile erection, specialists focus their attention on nerve problems and effective ED treatments for neurological disorders.

Treatment options for ED caused by nerve problems

Since their introduction onto the market, PDE-5 inhibitors, such as Vardenafil (Viagra), Sildenafil (Levitra), and Tadalafil (Cialis) have become the first-line ED treatment, whatever the specific ED causes. Surgical methods are also employed to resolve ED problems and can include IPP and venous leak procedures. Venous constriction devices are used to improve the trapping of blood to the penis and improve a man’s ability to have and maintain an erection.

Alprostadil is another drug used to treat ED. Alprostadil is in a class of medications called vasodilators, and it works by relaxing the muscles and blood vessels in the penis. While Alprostadil does not cure erectile dysfunction or increase sexual desire, clinical trials have shown topical alprostadil cream to increase erectile function, and have also proven to be more effective for the treatment of arterial and neurologic causes of ED.

Acoustic wave therapy for ED: A promising New non-invasive ED treatment

Shockwave, and other companies such as Gainswave, have introduced a relatively recent innovation in ED treatment. Known as acoustic wave therapy for ED, this technique may well prove to be the most effective ED treatment for those with neurological complications.

Acoustic wave therapy for ED treats more than the signs and symptoms, and may prove especially beneficial for those suffering from nerve problems, because the sound wave technology induces what is known as neo vascularization and nerve regeneration. Over time, damaged blood vessels and nerves can be renewed or replaced in the course of therapy. Shockwave’s acoustic wave therapy for ED stimulates healthy tissue growth, increases blood flow, and promotes greater sensitivity and performance.

Shockwave provides an important alternative to Viagra and other potency drugs for men seeking an alternative to drug therapy, and offers more than short term results. Shockwave therapy typically includes 6 treatments, one every other day for two weeks, or twice a week for three weeks.

Patients using Shockwave report longer lasting erections and improved sexual function, and the effect of the treatment can sometimes last up to two years.

If you are suffering from ED, consult with a specialist to determine the causes, and make sure to see if they offer acoustic wave therapy for ED.