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Stem Cells Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and/or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction that persists can affect a man’s self-confidence and cause high stress. At The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica, we use adult autologous stem cells for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

The treatment could help improve erectile dysfunction symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Difficulty keeping an erection
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Depression
  • Stress or anxiety

What do we know about erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a common disorder that affects men of all ages. It can generate significant negative impact on the patient and his partner’s quality of life.

When a man is stimulated and aroused, the central nervous system sends nerve impulses that increase blood flow to the penis. It’s normal for most men to have trouble getting or maintaining an erection every now and then. However, if the condition persists, it could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Approximately 50% of men between 40 and 70 years old suffer from erectile dysfunction. Approximately in 80% of the cases, it is caused by a physical condition.

Possible psychosocial issues that can lead to erectile dysfunction include:

  • Stress
  • Relationship issues

Erectile dysfunction might be a sign of a more serious health issue, such as heart disease.  Consult your doctor before seeking medical treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Physical conditions that can lead to erectile dysfunction include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Atherosclerosis or cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Substance abuse
  • Prescription medications
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Depression
  • Low testosterone

Can stem cell therapy improve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

Cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells are considered to play a significant role in getting and maintaining an erection.

Stem cells respond to the environment by differentiating into various cell types and secreting cytokines, growth factors, and extracellular matrix molecules that evoke specific responses from neighboring cells.

Researchers believe that the transplanted stem cells differentiate into cells such as, cavernous smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells, as well as evoking responses from existing cells, to treat erectile dysfunction.

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

In 2017, researchers from the Odense University Hospital in Denmark reported the results from a clinical trial involving adult autologous adipose stem cells in 21 men with severe, refractory, post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction caused by colon cancer surgery. None of the men enrolled had responded to standard treatment. Within 6 months of the procedure, 8 of the 21 men were able to engage in spontaneous sexual intercourse. The International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire (IIEF) was used by researchers as a main measure of response. The IIEF scores of all the 21 participants improved.

What is the treatment protocol for erectile dysfunction at the Stem Cells Transplant Institute?

The Stem Cells Transplant Institute treats ED with autologous mesenchymal stem cells derived from the patient’s own adipose tissue and bone marrow.

Autologous means the stem cells are collected from the recipient which virtually eliminates the risk of rejection.

Mesenchymal stem cells are one type of adult stem cells that are found in a variety of tissues including adipose tissue, lung, bone marrow, and blood.

As we age so do our stem cells. To ensure positive outcomes, it is necessary to be able to collect a sufficient quantity of viable stem cells, or use donor cells.

umbilical cord donations
Intravenus Administration

How Are the Stem Cells Collected?

Our clinic focuses on obtaining healthy stem cells exclusively from umbilical cord blood donors. We collect the placenta once the baby is born, with the parent’s informed consent. Additionally, we follow strict ethical guidelines and collect stem cells from reliable and reputable sources.

How Are the Stem Cells Administered?

Our nursing staff administers the stem cells through an intravenous and intra-pulmonary route. For the most effective outcomes, intravenous administration is preferred.

About the Stem Cells Transplant Institute

Our clinic is located in Costa Rica, which is one of the most popular medical tourism destinations for stem cell therapy. At the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, we have a skilled team of doctors and medical professionals who collect and administer stem cells to treat autism and other conditions. Every patient receives the most cost-effective and top-notch care from our dedicated team.