Approximately 150 million men worldwide struggle with erectile dysfunction, and according the American Urological Association, it affects approximately 1 out of 2 men over the age of 50. Stem cell therapy at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute can help.
Note: Despite all advances in stem cells research and the application of these therapies in many countries all over the world, stem cells therapies are not legally approved yet in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Jacksonville, Seattle, Houston, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Miami, Beverly Hills and other US cities. However, stem cell treatments are legal in Costa Rica.
Erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of a physical or psychological condition. Most commonly, ED is due to an undiagnosed vascular issue due to diabetes, heart disease or obesity. Patients of the Stem Cells Transplant Institute have experienced significant improvement in sexual performance after stem cell therapy.
What is Erectile Dysfunction?
“Erectile dysfunction is when a man finds it hard to get or keep an erection that’s firm enough for sex.” www.urologyhealth.org/educational-materials/erectile-dysfunction
12 Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
- Peripheral artery disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Low Testosterone
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar due to diabetes)
- Stress or fatigue
- Some types of medication
- Alcohol and Drugs
- Smoking or vaping
- Performance Anxiety or relationship issues
- Surgery from certain cancers (prostate, colon, rectum or bladder)
ED can be an early warning sign of a more serious problem, so if it presents slowly over time, or is a common issue, it is important to see a physician for a thorough physical.
Some studies have shown men with ED are at higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke.
Traditional Treatment Options
- Lifestyle changes including:
- Improve eating habits
- Increase exercise
- Reduce body fat
- Stop smoking
- 7-8 hours of sleep a night
- Reduce alcohol and recreational drug use
- Oral medication such as Viagra or Cialis
- Testosterone therapy
- Penis pump
- Medication given by injection such as Alprostadil
- Surgery for a penile implant
Traditional treatment options can be cumbersome to use, cause side effects, and/or require planning ahead.
Stem cell therapy at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute
Cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells are thought to play a significant role in getting and maintaining an erection.
Transplanted stem cells respond to the needs of the surrounding cells and the products secreted by the surrounding cells.
Stem cells respond to the environment by differentiating into a variety of cell types and secreting cytokines, growth factors and extracellular matrix molecules that evoke specific responses from neighboring cells.
For erectile dysfunction researchers believe the transplanted stem cells differentiate into cells including cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells as well as evoke responses from the existing cells.
Research has shown stem cell transplantation in patients with erectile dysfunction result in:
- Improved rigidity
- Improved erections
- Continent and incontinent men recovered erection
- Erectile hardness score
- Improved scores on the international index of erectile function
For the treatment of ED, the Stem Cells Transplant Institute uses autologous mesenchymal stem cells derived from the patient’s own adipose tissue and bone marrow, or umbilical cord stem cells.
Treatment at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute could help improve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction including:
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Difficulty keeping an erection
- Reduced sexual desire