A new study has found that using shock wave therapy may help men with erectile dysfunction who don't respond well to drug treatments.
According to the researchers, "extracorporeal shock wave therapy" significantly improved sexual function among men involved in the study, Live Science reported.
The participants underwent 12 shock treatments over nine weeks, and one month after the last treatment, participants began taking ED drugs.
They were also required to fill out a questionnaire to assess their sexual function and scores ranged from 6 to 30, with scores lower than 10 indicating severe ED, and scores from 26 to 30 indicating normal erectile function.
On an average, the men started to see a benefit three weeks after the treatment and eight men achieved normal sexual function.
The patients continued to see improvements two months after the treatment had stopped, with almost 30 percent of them achieving normal sexual function and no longer requiring medications.
The study has been published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.