Erectile dysfunction and Impotency
Erectile Dysfunctions (ED) is defined as the reduction of potency and libido. It can have a variety of causes, both physical and psychological. Most frequent reasons are diabetes, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure or as a side effect from a prostate cancer operation. Additionally, the effects of aging are partly responsible for impotence and ED.
All age groups of men can suffer from weak penile erections, which renders their sexual intercourse problematic or even impossible. In the previous decade, the so called “PDE-5 inhibitors” medications were shown to be a successful group of drugs that improved the quality of life of many affected men. However, they offer limited help by temporarily overriding the symptoms of impotence and ED.
Now, with recent advancements in stem cell therapies, a long lasting solution promises a permanent improvement of potency at minimal risks.
Reduced potency and erectile dysfunction can occur from a wide range of causes. Most commonly, it is age related, but it can also be related to diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Other common causes are life style related such as smoking, frequent intake of alcohol or obesity.
Treatment of Erectile dysfunction and Impotency
Despite the wide range of causes of ED, the common denominator is that until now there were only ways to treat the symptoms. Typical medications to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and impotency are based on a substance group called “PDE-5 inhibitors”. Many other drugs have displayed temporal help against impotence in form of injections or creams. There is no clear answer on which of these ED treatment drugs is the best; as they have different properties and side effects. However, all of these drugs have one thing in common: they do not target the cause and therefore are not a “cure”. Their mode of action is based on temporarily overriding the symptoms of weak or no erections.
Regenerative therapy for Erectile dysfunction and Impotency
Regenerative medicine, and the use stem cells as one of their major tools in treating numerous conditions, allows us for a fundamentally different treatment approach providing us with the chance of curing the problem, at the core, where it begins. All causes of erectile dysfunction, except in the case of psychologically induced impotence, have some form of primary or secondary blood or nerve supply problem as their main cause. Stem cell-based regenerative therapies promote both, angiogenesis (new growth of blood vessels and blood supply improvement) as well as neurotophy / neuroprotection (new growth and protection of nerve supply of the penis).
While there are some causes of ED which cannot be treated (i.e. psychologically induced ED), new discoveries in regenerative medicine and stem cells may be able to find the solution.