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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to attain and/or maintain a penile erection that is useful for sexual intercourse. ED affects 50% of men ages 40-70 years of age, to some degree. The majority of people with this condition report that it affects their quality of life. Several management and treatment options exist for ED, and stem cell therapy is the latest regenerative treatment option.
Erectile dysfunction is cause by psychological and physical conditions. The main causes of ED are diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and history of trauma to the pelvic region. Medical experts believe psychological problems contribute to 15% of erectile dysfunction causes. Men with both physical and psychological factors have a greater risk for developing this problem. In addition, depression, anxiety disorders, and mental stress leads to lost sexual desire and decreased libido.
How do stem cells work to treat ED?
Stem cell therapy shows great promise for regenerative medicine in the treatment of ED. In conjunction with treatments such as the Priapus shot and Rejuvawave, the therapy helps offer a long term solution to the problem. How? The major problem with erectile dysfunction in a lot of cases is a lack of blood flow. The treatment offers increased blood flow to the problem area through vasculogenesis, which is new blood flow which is difficult for one’s own body to produce in these situations.
Do clinical studies support the use of stem cells for erectile dysfunction?
Several clinical and research studies support the use of stem cells to treat erectile dysfunction. A groundbreaking 2016 study by Zahalski et al on stem cell therapy for ED was evaluated in a urology practice where patients received an injection of placental matrix-derived mesenchymal stem cells. They were evaluated at 6 weeks, 3 months, and then again at 6 months. Peak systolic velocity, end diastolic velocity, penile width, stretched penile length was evaluated, as well as erectile function using the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire.
The researchers found that over half the patients ended up with the ability to sustain erections spontaneously and the others had benefits with medicine which wasn’t working previously. These results concluded that the treatment was beneficial.
In a 2010 study in Korea, injections of stem cells were give to 7 men with type 2 diabetes and ED. The patients were evaluated using several questionnaires and an erection diary. The control group had no changes in erectile function after saline injections, but 6 of the 7 stem cell patients reported return of morning erections, which were maintained at the 3-month follow-up. In addition, the patients reported increased penile hardness. In a study out of France, patients with penile arterial insufficiency were evaluated following stem cell injections. The treatment yielded improved penile function and better ultrasound parameters regarding blood flow.
What results can I expect with stem cell therapy for ED?
Response to stem cell therapy usually starts quickly. Patients often report effectiveness within a week. Patients with ED due to a blood flow issue respond over 85% of the time at our R3 Stem Cell Centers of Excellence. A second treatment may become necessary depending on the individual and combination therapy with the Priapus shot and Rejuvawave have been shown to amplify the positive outcomes!
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