Low T May Not be the Issue

Hello, constant reader, and welcome back to the Charleston Men’s Clinic blog. If you are just now joining us, we are concluding a two part blog series on the relationship between low testosterone and erectile dysfunction. If you have not read our previous post on the subject, we suggest that you go back and do so now because this post will build upon the previous information covered. After you have finished the first post, keep reading below to learn more about the effect (or lack of effect) that Low T has on patients suffering from ED.

Many Symptoms, Many Causes

In the world of medicine, making a proper diagnosis for a patient can be difficult. While there are established guidelines that help link certain symptoms with certain health conditions, many of these symptoms overlap with other conditions and, in some cases, the symptoms that are present are not the typical symptoms associated with a particular medical issue. For example, the reduced sexual desire that often accompanies erectile dysfunction is often misdiagnosed as a symptom of low testosterone by the physician. Even though this symptom seems to fit the medical issue perfectly, low testosterone may not be to blame. Men who experience prolonged problems in relation to their sexual potency or difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection often become disinterested in sex as a result of mild depression or avoidance behaviors, not because their testosterone levels are low. In many cases, men in this situation simply enter into a state of resignation where they don’t see the point in trying to have sex if they aren’t going to be able to perform in a way that they deem satisfactory.

Another factor that is often used as a basis to confirm a correlational relationship between erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels is age. As man ages, the testosterone levels in his body, after the age of 30, begin to decline by one to two percent each year. Adding to this, aging is thought to play a role in diminished sexual potency and desire as well as the ability to get an erection. Because all of this happens during the same window of a man’s life, it can often seem as though lowering testosterone levels are the root cause of the issue, a diagnosis that can hamper the ability of a physician to make the best decision possible in relation to their patient’s care.

Vascular Health: The Real Issue at Work

When you get down to the basic cause of most cases of erectile dysfunction, the vascular health of the patient is thought to be the main problem with getting an erection. As men age, the strength and vitality of their vascular system, especially the vascular system that transports blood to the penis, is not always the best. With this in mind, we here at Charleston Men’s Clinic offer the GAINSWave treatment as a way to help repair and stimulate healthy growth in the vascular system of the penis. Using concentrated bursts of pulsed acoustic waves, the GAINSWave works to loosen any micro-plaque in the arteries of the penis and triggers a series of biological reactions that work to release angiogenic growth factors that help to promote the opening and repair of existing blood vessels and the creation of new vessels in the penis. This results in improved blood flow and relief from many of the symptoms associated with erectile dysfunction.


If you would like to learn more about the GAINSWave and the results you can expect from this erectile dysfunction treatment, please visit our website today or give us a call at (843)-352-8120.