Affecting men at any age, erectile dysfunction is not, contrary to popular belief, a problem associated with aging. Instead, ED is usually attributed to underlying health issues common to older men, such as hormone imbalances (low testosterone), circulatory conditions (blood vessel/heart disease) and nervous system disorders. Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease are also leading causes of erectile dysfunction in men over 40 years old. In addition, blood pressure, prostate cancer, and ulcer medications are known to interfere with the ability of men to achieve and sustain erections. 1
To improve sexual function in men, doctors routinely prescribe drugs like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis to increase blood flow to and within the penis by relaxing penile smooth muscles.
Unfortunately, many men cannot use ED pharmaceuticals because they are already taking drugs for chronic conditions that interact adversely with Viagra, Cialis or other erectile dysfunction drugs. 2
3 Healthier Alternatives to Treating Erectile Dysfunction
Blood is composed of red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Plasma is the fluid part of your blood that suspends platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells. Plasma is also rich in electrolytes and proteins necessary for the body to heal and function normally.
Platelets contain growth factors and other chemicals that pull in stem cells capable of transforming into new cells beneficial to injured or distressed areas.
To create PRP from your own blood, your doctor will place a vial of blood in a centrifuge and spin the vial at an extremely high rate of speed.
After a certain time, platelets and plasma are separated from other blood components and injected using a tiny needle. The injection site is numbed to minimize minor discomfort of a PRP injection.
Once penile tissues receive the platelet rich plasma, growth factors activate and attract stem cells to stimulate circulation, development of new blood vessels and enhance tissue health for improved, longer-lasting erections. 3, 4
Pulsewaves are acoustic waves carrying energy that can be focused on parts of the body for numerous therapeutic purposes. When acoustic waves are delivered into penile tissues, the waves induce microtrauma and mechanical stress to begin a series of biological reactions resulting in neovascularization (formation of new blood vessels) of penile tissues. This not only improves blood supply to the penis but also facilitates achieving erections in a shorter time.
Micro-inflammatory processes produced by Pulsewave Therapy also provokes release of nitric oxide, a powerful vasodilator supporting the benefits of acoustic waves for maintaining erections with taking drugs. 5
Testosterone is the hormone most important for a man’s overall health and well-being.
Men with low testosterone may suffer from weight gain, lack of energy, bone density loss, depression, and even cardiovascular disease.
Since low testosterone could contribute to the development of several chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, men with one or more of these chronic conditions who suffer from ED may benefit from replenishing their testosterone levels with BHRT. 6
After determining how much testosterone you are lacking, you will be given bio-identical hormone pellets that are painlessly inserted underneath your skin.
Smaller than a pea, these pellets continuously release testosterone for several months.
In some cases, men enjoy the benefits of BHRT within several weeks of beginning therapy while others may take a little longer to start achieving erections.
Diabetes is a common cause of erectile dysfunction because too much glucose in the blood damages muscle function, blood vessels and nerve signaling necessary for achieving erections. Some medications prescribed to regulate blood sugar as well as heart disease and high blood pressure are contraindicated with erectile dysfunction pharmaceuticals. Bio-identical hormones formulated to increase testosterone levels in men will not interact negatively with prescription medications and may also help men lose weight, feel more energetic and increase libido. 7
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction and have not gotten desired results from Viagra-like medications or cannot take these drugs, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Pulsewave Therapy or BHRT may be right for you.
To learn more about how BHRT, platelet rich plasma therapy or Pulsewave therapy may help you overcome erectile dysfunction naturally, call our clinic today to schedule a consultation appointment with our physician.