Erectile dysfunction is a serious medical condition that affects roughly 30 million men in the United States, according to Healthline. And while most are older (75 years of age and up), younger men are also prone to developing the condition. The end result can be embarrassment and loss of self esteem.
ED happens for a variety of reasons – high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco and alcohol use, and high cholesterol, to name a few – but treatment options are typically limited to a few major drugs (Cialis, Viagra, Levitra and Stendra).
These drugs also have side effects. Healthline noted that some include dizziness, upset stomach, vision changes, facial flushing and headaches.
"For those who are skeptical about taking drugs, an alternative version exists: PRP therapy."
For men looking to improve their social lives, these symptoms are likely unbearable.
There does, however, exist an alternative treatment method for men who are skeptical about taking these drugs: PRP therapy.
New PRP study gives hope to men
A study commissioned by several researchers sought to determine the effects of PRP therapy on ED – primarily whether PRP "promotes the body's natural healing process and therefore may help tissues in the penis better accept other therapies."
The authors argue that while PRP is not a new treatment method, there has been little evidence that supports whether it helps manage, cure or treat ED when used with other types of therapy.
To conduct the study, the authors provided patients at Midwest Urological Group in Illinois the option to add PRP to a medication and vacuum therapy routine between Aug.1, 2015 and Aug. 1, 2016. Doctors administered a person's PRP back into them only once during the study. They then examined how it affected their ED by administering an International Index of Erectile Function prior to and four weeks after treatment.
Joseph Banno, MD, a researcher, stated the treatments were going well.
"I'm amazed at how well my patients are responding to PRP," Banno said in a statement. "It's exciting to offer a safe modality, one without side effects, for the treatment of sexual dysfunction."
Fellow researcher Paul Perito, MD, said that he's always looking for new ways to help his patients, and PRP is one of the "most promising tools [he's] added in years."
For those suffering from ED and hesitant to use over-the-counter medication, PRP therapy may be the alternative treatment they've been looking for. For more information, talk to specialists, such as those who work at Longevity & Stem Cell Centre, for more information.