Erectile dysfunction (ED) is much more common than many men realize. Studies have shown that the percentage of men who deal with ED correlates strongly with age. Around 30% of men in their 30s will experience it, 50% in their 50s, and so on. However, men’s sexual wellness often goes undiscussed due to embarrassment or social stigmas. Fortunately, the P Shot is an excellent treatment for men’s sexual rejuvenation, and it’s available at ReviveMD Center in Glen Allen, VA.
The P Shot: The Latest Treatment for Men’s Sexual Rejuvenation
What Is the P Shot?
The “P” in the name stands for Priapus, the Greek god of fertility. He was known for being rather well endowed, so his name is fitting for this remarkable treatment. However, Priapus isn’t the only “P” that matters here. The Priapus Shot is actually a platelet-rich plasma treatment, also known as PRP treatment. PRP is one of the most significant medical breakthroughs in recent years. PRP is now used to treat all kinds of injuries. Furthermore, it’s an anti-aging agent.
Although it has a long history dating back to the 60s, only in the past two decades has it seen widespread adoption for a number of ailments. PRP helps burn victims heal, restores hair due to male-pattern baldness, and can even make people look younger by smoothing out wrinkles and restoring skin cells. With regards to ED, PRP treatment specifically targets the very cells that enable a man to achieve an erection. To understand it better, consider the causes of ED.
What Causes Men’s Sexual Wellness to Decline?
The most common cause of ED is aging. Aging affects all of your cells, gradually making them weaker and unable to perform their functions properly. In the context of men’s sexual wellness, cells that make erection possible likewise suffer due to aging. In particular, cells in the corpus cavernosum lose their potency. The corpus cavernosum is spongey tissue beneath the skin of the penis. Cells in the corpus cavernosum can expand by taking blood from nearby arteries.
When these cells are full of blood, a man achieves an erection. However, aged cells in the corpus cavernosum gradually hold less and less blood. Furthermore, they become less sensitive to the neurotransmitters that tell them to intake blood in the first place. So, not only are these cells ignoring the brain’s signals, but they cannot perform as well as they used to even when the signal does make it through. The result is difficulty attaining and keeping an erection: ED.
PRP and Men’s Sexual Rejuvenation
So, how does PRP address the causes of ED? PRP is a volume of plasma that has a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are most commonly known for their ability to close wounds by encouraging clotting. However, that’s only a small part of what they do. After closing a wound, platelets group together. When enough of them are concentrated, they release growth factors that tell your body to remove damaged cells and replace them with healthy ones.
Normally, platelets only rush to an area after an injury. Because aging is such a slow process, it never triggers your body’s healing mechanisms. By injecting PRP into an area that we want to heal, we essentially trick the body into healing the area on its own, as if it had been injured. After PRP is injected into the corpus cavernosum, the body replaces damaged cells in the area with new ones, making it easier to achieve an erection.
The Treatment Process
The treatment begins by producing a small volume of platelet-rich plasma using your own blood. If you’ve ever donated plasma, you’ll be familiar with the process. A centrifuge withdraws blood, separates the plasma and platelets, then returns red and white blood cells back into your body. This process repeats a few times until we have enough PRP for the treatment. Next, we administer a topical anesthetic before applying a stronger anesthetic. The result is a pain-free treatment.
Once the area is completely numb, we can start injecting PRP. Several small injections along the length of the penis are administered. This part of the process only takes a few minutes. While we understand that some men might be nervous about the treatment, it’s extremely quick and painless. Once you see the results, you’ll be glad you chose the P shot.
Post-Treatment Results and Follow Up
After your treatment, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the results and ensure that everything went well. PRP is extremely safe since it only contains materials your body naturally produces, however, we still want to be sure that you’re satisfied with your results. How long does it take to see a change in sexual performance? Many men report a significant improvement the very next day, though we would recommend waiting a few days before engaging in sexual activity.
While PRP treatments can have an immediate effect, the results actually get better as time goes on. The healing process that PRP activates can take several weeks to manifest. Most men will see peak results after 2-3 weeks. PRP produces long-lasting results as well, with many men reporting an improvement in sexual performance for as many as six months or even a year.
Who Should Consider Treatment?
Any man who is over the age of 30 and has experienced ED can benefit from a PRP shot for ED. We recommend starting treatment early. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more damage progresses. When there are more damaged cells, it is more difficult for your body to heal completely. Elderly men may require multiple treatments to see results. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.