A Solution to Erectile Dysfunction: It's in Your Blood

Erectile dysfunction affects about 40 percent of all adult males in the U.S., according to data from Boston University’s medical school, and becomes more common and more severe as men get older. Although ED obviously has a physical impact on male health, it also has a significant psychological impact, with effects on mood, social interactions, and overall quality of life.

Many men with ED turn to drugs to help them achieve or maintain erections. But as effective as those drugs may be, they all come with side effects. Plus, they need to be taken on a routine basis, usually shortly before you plan to have intercourse, which can take a big toll on your ability to act spontaneously. That’s left a lot of men looking for other options for treating the symptoms of ED.

Platelet-rich plasma

In recent years, researchers have begun evaluating the effects of platelet-rich plasma, a product that comes right from the patient’s own blood. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, contains a high concentration of platelets, a component of blood that’s involved in the body’s natural healing processes. Platelets stimulate your body to generate new, healthy cells in an area of injury. These cells work to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. PRP has been used successfully in many medical treatments, including orthopedic surgery and back surgery.

In erectile dysfunction, PRP’s regenerative mechanism works in two very important ways: First, it repairs damaged nerves in and around the penis. These nerves play an important role in helping men achieve and maintain erections. And second, PRP stimulates the growth of new, tiny blood vessels. Circulatory problems are the main cause of erectile dysfunction. By stimulating the growth of new vessels, circulation throughout the entire penis is improved.

At Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Meisenberg begins PRP treatment by taking a sample of your own blood from a vein in your arm. The sample is processed using a special device that separates and concentrates the platelets. The resulting platelet-rich plasma is placed in a syringe and injected into your penis. Injecting directly into your penis means the PRP is concentrated where it’s needed most, unlike oral medications that have to work through your entire system before they reach the treatment site.

Benefits of PRP for ED

PRP’s ability to repair and restore damaged nerve tissues and enhance local circulation are the most obvious benefits of treating erectile dysfunction. But there’s another benefit as well. Some studies have implicated inflammation as a contributing factor to ED. Inflammation doesn’t just interfere with the way your penis functions; it can also increase tissue damage, which means your function can continue to deteriorate. Luckily, PRP has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and when it’s injected into your penis, it helps reduce inflammation that can interfere with normal penis function.

Men who have PRP injections to treat their erectile dysfunction say the treatments:

Because PRP works by stimulating healing and tissue regeneration and repair, it can take a while before you see and experience the results of your treatment. The amount of time it takes for you to see results is variable, based on your body’s own healing “schedule.” Most men see the results of PRP treatment within several weeks.

Is PRP a good choice for you?

Because PRP comes from your own blood, it's a lot safer than many other ED treatments. Still, depending on your overall health and the cause of your ED, it might not be the best option for you. The only way to know for sure if you're a good candidate for PRP therapy for your erectile dysfunction it to schedule a consultation with the team at Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery. Book your appointment online today.

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