Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a prevalent condition that impacts as many as 30 million men. Defined as the persistent inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex, ED is not normal when it occurs routinely. While occasional erectile trouble can happen, progressive or regular ED often indicates an underlying health condition.
ED has a significant negative impact on patients’ and their partners’ quality of life. It is typically caused by physical problems related to blood flow or nerve function rather than psychological issues. Among men between 40-70 years old, approximately 50% suffer from ED, with physical causes present in 80% of cases. When aroused, increased blood flow triggered by nerve impulses leads to an erection. Any disorders in this process can prevent that from happening.
ED can occur at any age but becomes more common in men over 70. ED was previously called impotence and believed to stem from psychological factors. Research has shown it often indicates illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, or atherosclerosis. Lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol use, and certain medications can also contribute to ED.
Stem Cell Treatment Options in the US
In the United States, the FDA limits the stem cell options available for treating erectile dysfunction. A commonly available Stem cell treatment for ED uses Stem cells derived from a patient’s bone marrow. In this process, minor surgery is performed where a hole is drilled into the patient’s hip to extract the bone marrow. The extracted bone marrow is then centrifuged to isolate the stem cells, which are then injected back into the penis or administered through an IV infusion. The idea is to regrow new tissue and blood vessels to help minimize the effects of ED.
Another US option is adipose stem cells extracted from fat tissue. This method was previously more common but has declined in popularity due to FDA regulations. Adipose stem cells come from your body, requiring a liposuction procedure to harvest the adipose tissue. This tissue is then centrifuged to extract the stem cells used for treatment.
The problem with using a patient’s own stem cells (autologous) is that the quantity and quality of the cells can vary greatly based on several factors. As we age, the number of stem cells in adipose tissue and bonemarrow dramatically diminishes. Since men who suffer from ED are often middle age or beyond, the stem cells derived from their tissue are generally very low in potency, resulting in poor treatment outcomes.
A Better Treatment Option
At the Stem Cell Medical Center in Antigua, we use the most potent cells available in all treatments, including ED. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent stem cells derived from placental tissue. Using MSC’s in combination with Wharton’s jelly, our ED treatment protocol delivers remarkable results. Before injection, our in-house lab validates cell counts and viability through our flow-cytometry process.
Why Stem Cell Therapy Works
Cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells play a key role in achieving and maintaining erections. Stem cells can differentiate into these cell types and secrete growth factors to elicit responses from existing cells. This is believed to be how transplanted stem cells treat erectile dysfunction (ED).
Stem cells have gained popularity for ED treatment due to their capacity to promote regeneration in the various cell types involved in getting and maintaining an erection. Mesenchymal stem cells aid tissue regeneration by secreting cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors. Stem cell therapy has significantly improved erectile function in ED patients. These improvements persist long-term, with a 6-month treatment enhancing penetrative sexual activity even without oral drugs.
A study on diabetic men with ED ages 57-83 found most had morning erections within a month of stem cell injection. The effects lasted over six months and also lowered blood glucose. This indicates umbilical cord stem cell therapy may help with ED and diabetes. Stem cells may also increase arousal hormones for better sexual performance. In summary, stem cells may help ED by differentiating into functional cells that repair erectile muscle tissue and by releasing factors that stimulate blood vessel growth.
If you or your partner are struggling with erectile dysfunction, stem cell therapy may be the answer. Our specialized treatment protocol at the Stem Cell Medical Center utilizes the most potent mesenchymal stem cells to regenerate erectile tissue and blood vessels. We have seen remarkable results in patients of all ages. The treatment is non-invasive and requires no hospital stay. See if you would be a good candidate for this revolutionary therapy by scheduling a confidential online consultation at our clinic in Antigua today. Our medical advisors can review your health history and develop a customized treatment plan to restore normal erectile function. Don’t live with ED any longer – take control of your sexual health and contact us to learn more about this innovative stem cell solution.
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