There’s a lot of talk about stem cells these days. Many people are hopeful that they could hold the key to curing a variety of medical conditions. But what about using stem cells to treat erectile dysfunction? Could they help improve this common problem in men? As men age, they can sometimes experience difficulties getting and maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction or ED). While treatments like Viagra are available, some men may prefer a more natural option. Researchers are exploring this possibility and finding that stem cells may indeed offer a potential new treatment for this common male sexual disorder. Read on to learn more about how stem cells could help treat this condition.
Stem cells possess regenerative capacities. In the case of urology, and specifically erectile dysfunction, these effects are likely achieved by production of growth factors and cytokines into the bloodstream
Stem cells are capable of stimulating the restoration of penile tissues as well as the blood vessels and nerves which are in that area. When stem cells are injected into the corpus cavernous, the spongy tissue that fills with blood to create an erection, they help to repair and regenerate the tissue. Injections of stem cells intravenously have been shown to be effective in treating men with erectile dysfunction, regardless of the cause of the dysfunction. Stem cell injections have helped men with diabetes, prostate cancer, spinal cord injury, and other conditions to regain erectile function. Stem cell injections can be a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, and they offer hope for men who have not had success with other treatments.