Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has many fantastic uses, including musculoskeletal repair, cosmetic treatments and helping wound healing. A lesser known PRP treatment has specific application to male sexual function. Here on the Sunshine Coast I can rejuvenate the penis using a patient’s own blood-derived growth factors (contained in PRP.) It is a safe and effective procedure to help increase
- penis size,
- sexual performance and
- overall sexual wellness,
without using drugs or surgery.
Every man’s experience is slightly different, but potential benefits include:
- Improved erectile function.
- Increased diameter of penis.
- Improved circulation within the penis.
- PRP can potentiate the effect of therapies like Viagra® or Cialis®
- Increased sensation.
- No allergic reactions (using your own body’s fluids.)
- Minimal discomfort.
As we age, our tissues start to become looser and our veins and arteries (which are responsible for erection) become narrower and nerves become less sensitive to stimulation. Over time these changes can cause erectile dysfunction and reduced sexual performance. This can cause less firm erections, or short lasting erections or even complete erection failure. A weak orgasm or premature ejaculation reduces sexual pleasure for both parties. One of the effective methods to improve the function of your penis and to treat erectile dysfunction is PRP.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP therapy is a natural treatment that uses your own plasma as a “ seed” to stimulate production of collagen and promote healing. Platelets are the primary component of PRP, but each preparation also contains other cellular components such as white blood cells (WBCs) and peripheral stem cells. These play a role in the healing process when introduced at concentrated levels.
PRP treatments have been around for a long time. They have been used in orthopaedics, dental and more recently cosmetic facial rejuvenation. PRP for sexual function is yet another application.
How is PRP prepared?
I take a simple blood collection, and I prepare the concentrated PRP by spinning down your blood in a centrifuge. This separates the serum or plasma from most of the red blood cells. The plasma then contains up to 1.6x the usual concentration of platelets. This plasma is extracted and used as an injection.
Does it hurt?
Numbing cream is applied for about 30 minutes to the area that is to be treated and the treatment is basically painless.
How long does it take?
We have to apply numbing cream for 30 minutes and the injections take only a few minutes.
How many sessions are necessary?
Between two and four sessions per year. Usually, you will see or feel improvement within a few days following the first session. The tissue will be firmer with better tone and texture. The erection will be firmer and longer lasting and ejaculation will be better to control.
How long do the benefits last?
If you choose to continue with follow-up sessions every 2 – 3 months, the improvement will be more stable and longer lasting.
What should I avoid before the treatment?
You should avoid Aspirin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Nurofen, Gingko Biloba, Chinese and herbal medicine for 3 – 4 days before treatment. This is to help protect you against the remote risk of bruising.
What could the complications be?
Occasionally minor bruising can occur for one or two days.
All the components of the plasma are your own so there are no allergic reactions or contamination with transmissible diseases.
How do I achieve the best results?
While PRP has great potential to improve erectile function and sexual performance, you will achieve even better results if you address all of the potential factors that play a part in men’s sexual health. I would like to help you with that.
Does it work for everyone?
It is important to understand that while PRP can improve symptoms, it may not be effective in all patients. Many other general health issues, all common problems on the Sunshine Coast, can cause erectile problems (see below.) So it is difficult to predict or guarantee success for individual patients. Yet I am very happy to work with you to improve your overall health and address any underlying issues that may contribute to loss of sexual performance.
Some of the Common causes of Erectile Problems
- Cardiovascular disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Sleep Apnoea
- Spinal Cord Trauma
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pelvic Injury or Surgery (prostate/bowel)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Prostate Enlargement
- Prostate Cancer
- Peyronies Disease (scar tissue leding to discomfort and abnormal curvature of the penis)
- Pelvic trauma
- Atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries) of pelvic blood vessels
Medications causing Erectile Problems
The medication that is prescribed for certain medical conditions can cause erectile problema. These medications can include those used to treat:
- Blood Pressure
- Psychiatric Disorders
- Prostate Cancer
Various lifestyle factors can contribute or cause erectile problems. These include:
- Recreational Drug Use
- Low physical activity
- Unhealthy Diet
Psychological Causes of Erectile Problems
Erectile dysfunction could also be caused by psychological issues.
Some psychological issues that can impact erectile function are:
- Relationship issues
Purely psychological issues of erectile dysfunction may be helped through counselling. It’s important to note that in most cases both physical and psychological issues are contributing factors.
How Much does it cost?
An initial consultation fee of $100 will apply but may be credited to the cost of the procedure. (The procedure is usually, but not always, performed at the time of consultation.)
Each treatment costs $500. This fee cannot be claimed through Medicare or Health Insurance.
Booking an Appointment
We will ensure that your privacy is maintained at all times.
Please call to book an appointment on (07) 5477 – 5522.
The purpose of the consultation does not need to be discussed with the receptionist.
Written by Doctor Tim Smith. I am an holistic GP working at Pulse Holistic Medical Centre, 68 Jessica Boulevard Minyama on the Sunshine Coast.