For years, medical researchers have been trying to find safe and reliable treatments for ED, but many of them require drugs, which of course lead to a whole host of other problems.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, however, reveals a new method. One that has been very promising for other diseases.
Rats were divided into two groups – one group had human placental stem cells implanted into the corpora cavernosa of their penises, and the other group had phosphate-buffered saline injected in the same location.
They assessed the rats after one, six, and 12 weeks post-intervention.
After one week, they noticed a huge improvement in the treated group’s intracavernous pressure, which indicates erection strength. After six weeks, this had improved by 72 percent and after 12 weeks by 68 percent.
Neurons, endothelial cells, and smooth muscle cells had also regenerated in the treated rats.
Placenta-derived stem cells are effective because the placenta is rich in blood vessels and stem cells because of its role in transporting oxygen and nutrients from a mother to her baby. The only problem, however, is that a placenta is not that easy to come by since there are only so many human births from which they can be harvested.
They thought if placental stem cells are so effective after 12 weeks, scientists should investigate and use stem cells derived from adults.
It was also found that nerves, blood vessels, and smooth muscle cells in the corpora cavernosa of rats could regenerate when stem cells derived from adult fat cells were implanted.
Therefore, stem cell treatment may be the ED treatment of the future.