How does PRP Treat Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is important to a man's well-being and health. It not only affects the man but can also cause strain on a couple's lifestyle and relationship.
Today, multiple non-invasive treatments exist for Erectile Problems: oral medications (phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors), vacuum-assisted erectile devices, and intraurethral suppositories.
Usually, lifestyle changes and oral medications are first-line treatments for ED, but another option which is proving more popular is PRP therapy.
What is PRP therapy?
Autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been already used for decades and is used increasingly in a variety of medical treatments. PRP injections improve angiogenesis and wound healing and can restore function to areas of the body that are not functioning optimally.
PRP injections are prepared by taking one (or a few tubes) of a patients' blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue.
In this way, PRP injections use each patient's healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
How Does PRP Help with Erectile Dysfunction?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can trigger growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces. For men with erectile dysfunction, this can be an excellent solution to their problems.
What are the Benefits of PRP for Treating Erectile Dysfunction?
Some of the main benefits can include:
Stronger, firmer erections
Easier to achieve and maintain erections (i.e., improved sexual stamina)
Resolution of penile pain with erection
Increased sensitivity in the penis
Better overall blood flow to the penis
Is PRP Therapy Effective?
There are currently several studies regarding the effectiveness of PRP for erectile problems. One human trial conducted in Italy evaluated nine men with ED who received PRP in addition to vacuum therapy. Mild improvement was seen with the only minor adverse effects.
As science continues to investigate the long term solutions, PRP is proving a promising option for men who wish to improve their erections and sexual performance.