Shockwave therapy is an alternative, non-invasive treatment for ED. It is a fairly recent technique that has emerged over the last decadeTrusted Source.

Practitioners may refer to shockwave therapy for ED as low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave treatment (LI-ESWT).


LI-ESWT for ED works by applying low-intensity shock waves to the penis. A practitioner uses a handheld probe to administer these. A gel is used as an interface to conduct the shock pulses.

People do not usually need an anesthetic, but they may experience a tingling sensation in the treatment area.

A practitioner will apply a set amount of shocks per minute, for a fixed amount of time. A session may last 15–20 minutes, and people may require repeat treatments.

The energy from shock wave therapy stimulates new blood vessel growth through a process called angiogenesis. This increases penile blood flow, which may improve erectile function.


After any procedure to retrieve sperm, there is a recovery period of a few days to a week. You are advised to avoid activity that would be strenuous. Strong supportive underwear is highly recommended too.

A prescription for the pain will be issued and patients can experience any of the following problems following surgery – bleeding, infection or pain.