Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is a condition in which a man cannot get an erection firm enough to have sex.
Occasional erectile dysfunction is common and usually not a cause for concern. However, if you have ongoing issues getting and keeping an erection, it is important to talk to a doctor.
Erectile dysfunction can lead to stress, lower self-confidence, or relationship issues. It can also be a sign of an underlying health condition.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by both physical and mental issues. Physical issues may include clogged blood vessels, which affect blood flow throughout the body; diabetes; high cholesterol; and high blood pressure. Mental issues might include stress at work. Drug and alcohol abuse, obesity, and certain medications can also contribute to impotence.
The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
- decreased sexual desire and arousal;
- difficulty getting an erection;
- difficulty keeping an erection.
You should also talk to a doctor if you have erectile dysfunction accompanied by:
- delayed or premature ejaculation;
- heart disease.
Erectile dysfunction treatment depends on what is causing your symptoms in the first place. A doctor will ask you questions and may run a few tests to determine the underlying cause, whether it is physical or psychological, or a combination of both.
Treatments for erectile dysfunction include:
- Oral medications – Pills taken by mouth.
- Testosterone replacement – Hormone therapy to address low testosterone.
- Vacuum pump therapy – An external pump used to enhance blood flow in the penis.
- Surgical devices – A semi-rigid penile prosthesis or the more natural inflatable penile prosthesis.
A doctor may use blood tests, ultrasound, a physical exam, urine tests, or a psychological exam to help determine the cause of your erectile dysfunction.
PRP for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Left untreated, ED can have a significant impact on a man’s relationship, self-esteem, and overall well being.
Platelet-rich plasma penile injection therapy (also commonly known as PRP shots) is a new, regenerative treatment option for erectile dysfunction.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) has also been a successful treatment modality in orthopedics, plastic surgery, and sports medicine.
There are promising scientific data that shows the potential ability of PRP in the regeneration of erectile tissue.
How the PRP Shot Works
Platelet-rich plasma injection is a simple and near painless procedure that uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) drawn from your own blood to treat erectile dysfunction.
Platelets possess a variety of growth factors and substances with reparative and healing properties. PRP therapy is a well-tolerated procedure that usually has no impact on your medications or health conditions.
The doctors at our clinic are pleased to be able to administer this treatment to men who could potentially benefit from this treatment. Please get in touch with us to learn more.