Stem Cell Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED is also known as impotence. Erectile Dysfunction can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological. Possible physical causes include heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and hormonal problems. Possible psychological causes include depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship problems.
Stem cells have the potential to replace damaged nerves or arteries tissue that enable the penis to become erect. The ultimate goal of erectile dysfunction treatment is to improve vascularization to allow for normal erections. Some treatment protocols are carried out using autologous adult stem cell (cells taken from the patient’s own body). Other therapies use umbilical cord blood.
Cord blood stem cell therapy for ED involves the insertion of synthetic stem cells into the affected areas to produce new blood vessels in de-oxygenated tissues. Though surgeries and other therapies have proven beneficial for patients suffering from erectile dysfunction, cord blood stem cell therapy - still under clinical trials - may signal an end to erectile dysfunction.