Millions of men are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED). While significant advancements in medicine have made it easier to treat ED, actually solving the problem at its roots is our goal. That’s why at Grace Medical Aesthetics in Baytown, TX, we proudly promote the P Shot as the best way to treat ED using a natural, restorative process. Rather than relying on pills, we use this patented technique to restore erectile function without risking the rest of your health.
For many, it sounds too good to be true. However, the causes of ED are well understood. The active ingredient in the P Shot, platelet-rich plasma, has been proven to restore function in patients with all kinds of issues. We’ll look at how this marvelous treatment addresses the specific underlying causes of ED and how scientific studies have demonstrated its potential for regenerative medicine.
Why the P Shot Really Works
Understanding the Causes of ED
ED has long been a complex condition to treat because it can have so many causes. These range from physical issues to psychological issues. How effective your treatment will be may depend on what is causing your ED in the first place.
By far, the most common cause of ED is simply aging. Studies vary wildly with regards to how many men have ED, but they all agree that the older you get, the more common ED becomes.
Aging slowly causes cells to function below optimal levels. Cells that are damaged over time due to age are not readily replaced by the body’s healing system. As a result, the damage accumulates until the point where an erection becomes difficult to obtain or maintain.
As we will see, PRP treatments such as the Priapus Shot are able to directly counteract the process of aging, making them a very useful treatment for age-related ED.
In some cases, a patient may have ED due to an injury sustained to the penis. These injuries may lead to the formation of scar tissue which can impede blood flow to the penis or make it difficult for the penis to expand. This is also how Peyronie’s Disease causes ED.
There is evidence that platelet-rich plasma treatments are good at removing scar tissue and replacing it with healthy cells.
Mental Causes of ED
Stress and anxiety are known causes of ED. It’s natural for most men to experience ED at some point or another due to stress brought on by external factors. Sex is just as much a mental experience as it is a physical experience.
The aforementioned physical causes of ED can also lead to anxiety about getting an erection, which then only makes it more difficult. When platelet-rich plasma treatments solve the physical problems, patients typically find themselves more confident and their psychological barriers tend to fade as well.
Regardless of how your ED came to be, the P Shot has the potential to solve your problems. But how does it work, and can it really be trusted?
Platelet-Rich Plasma’s Potency
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has been in use for nearly half a century. Early on, it was applied to wounds after intensive surgeries to promote healing. Since then, dozens of doctors and researchers have experimented with PRP and found many more applications.
PRP has worked for everything from hair loss to ligament tears, burn damage to autoimmune diseases. How can a treatment that works for rheumatoid arthritis also be useful for erectile dysfunction? It almost seems impossible, but the fact is that PRP works in all of these cases because it utilizes your body’s natural healing system to achieve results.
Activating Your Body’s Natural Healing System
The human body is capable of performing amazing feats of restoration. Just think to all the minor injuries that you’ve had over the course of your life and how your body took care of it on its own. It was able to do this because it essentially made its own PRP.
Consider a simple example. Suppose you are working in the kitchen and cut yourself deeply with a knife. The blood flowing out of the wound tells your body that there’s a problem. Platelets are the first responders. They detect the blood flowing out and bunch together, forming blood clots by coagulating the blood in the area.
Once your body makes this natural seal, the concentrated platelets in the clot release proteins called growth factors. These are the key to healing wounds naturally. How do they work?
Concentrated platelets release several growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor (for blood vessels), epidermal growth factor (for new skin), and others. These growth factors tell healthy cells to reproduce, creating new tissue.
This is how your body repairs damaged cells. However, this only works when there’s a traumatic injury that triggers the body’s system. Your body won’t use this system to repair cells that have been damaged slowly due to aging.
This is why we need PRP injections to restore function in the case of ED. By injecting PRP into an area, we simulate the response to an injury without actually damaging any tissue. Your body will begin the healing process when growth factors from PRP are introduced to the site.
PRP Is Proven
Numerous studies have confirmed that PRP causes several different growth factors to be released. 70% of these growth factors are released within 10 minutes. All of them are released within an hour, meaning that PRP injection is a fast-acting method of treatment for a variety of issues.
A major review of PRP literature covered dozens of clinical trials and publications between the years 2000-2017, noting in particular its applications in gynecology. A 2007 review describes all of the potential applications to date, including bone healing and knee repair. No matter where you look, the evidence is clear: PRP works.
So what effect does PRP have when it comes to ED? The restorative effects of PRP have a distinct impact on the parts of the penis that are essential to obtaining and maintaining an erection.
The Effects of PRP on Penile Tissue
The corpus cavernosum is a specialized, sponge-like tissue in the penis that can increase its volume when filled with blood. This is how erections are attained. As our bodies age, or due to injury, these tissues lose their overall blood capacity and their responsiveness.
Nitric oxide is also responsible for relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Over time, the receptors for nitric oxide on cells in the corpus cavernosum can lose their sensitivity, making erections more difficult to obtain.
The growth factors released after receiving a P Shot will improve both of these aspects of ED. On one hand, the actual cells in the corpus cavernosum will be restored significantly. On the other, their ability to pick up signals from nitric oxide will also improve. The result is an improvement in erectile function across the board.
Advantages Over Other Treatments
One of the main reasons that patients are skeptical of PRP injections for ED is that there are currently other effective treatments for ED. However, these alternatives are not without their risks and potential complications. If we compare PRP to other types of treatment, the advantages become quite clear.
Sildenafil, known by its brand name Viagra, was released in 1998 and since then has been one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In its wake, other competitors emerged, including tadalafil, vardenafil, and avanafil.
While all of these have a solid track record of treating ED, they also come with some dangerous side effects. One of the most serious is damaged eyesight, which has left some men with serious retinal damage. ED pills do not only affect blood flow to the penis, they interfere with blood flow throughout the body.
Besides the potential for side effects, there’s also the fact that pharmaceutical solutions never actually treat the root cause of the problem. You will always need to take your pill, which can be awkward or inconvenient at certain moments.
The PRP Advantage
This is where PRP treatment excels. Because we use an injection to apply it directly to the problem area, there is no risk of the treatment having effects elsewhere. Literally no study of PRP treatment has found any side effects, and patients in clinical trials have not dropped out due to discomfort or harmful complications.
In addition, since PRP actually heals the cells themselves and improves their function, one shot can solve your ED problems for a while. Most patients enjoy the benefits of the P Shot for at least a year. Subsequent treatments can actually lead to longer-lasting improvement, since more healthy cells are being added.
Surgical implants for ED are one of the oldest solutions, dating all the way back to the 1970s. Although the technology has advanced considerably since then, and today is rather safe, it’s not the best solution available anymore.
Penile implants carry the risks of infection and complications with anesthesia, issues that are common in all surgical procedures. Another issue is patient comfort. Implants are not custom designed for each individual’s anatomy, meaning that they may not provide a perfect fit for everyone. The process of using them to achieve an erection is also commonly seen as awkward and uncomfortable.
As this study noted, only 5% of the patients who were eligible for a penile implant actually got one. This low adoption rate was connected to the very high cost of a penile implant, ranging between $8,000-$14,000, and that’s with coverage from insurers.
PRP Beats Surgery
Compared to going under general anesthetic and having an invasive procedure, a PRP injection is a very simple treatment. Topical anesthetic is used to numb the area prior to the injection of a stronger local anesthetic. Once you are completely numbed, the PRP will be applied at various points along your penis.
This process can be done in as little as an hour. Making PRP takes very little time, as only a small sample of blood is needed. After a few quick spins in a centrifuge, the PRP is ready to be applied.
Best of all, the results are real. When your body begins to use its healing system, you’ll notice results within a couple of weeks. Compare that to the recovery time for a penile implant, which can range into months. After a PRP injection, you can actually resume sexual activity within a day or two, and most patients do so successfully.
Learn More About PRP for ED
If you are curious about the P Shot, or its female equivalent the O Shot, call Grace Medical Aesthetics in Baytown, TX today to schedule a consultation. We’ll discuss your ED and identify the best course of treatment for you. Before you try another form of treatment, consider giving PRP an opportunity to change your life.