How effective is Vitamin E as a treatment for Peyronie’s Disease?
Men with Peyronie’s Disease have a curved penis. The curve of the penis typical of Peyronie’s disease is caused by fibrous scar tissues that form below the surface of the penis. The condition can be painful, and can lead to erectile dysfunction, and an inability to engage in normal sexual relations.
Until recently, the only possible treatments for Peyronie’s disease were painful and invasive surgeries, and prescription medications with varying degrees of success. This has caused many men suffering with Peyronie’s disease, to seek out alternative treatments. One that has been suggested is the use of Vitamin E. But, is Vitamin E an effective treatment for Peyronie’s disease?
While the evidence for using Vitamin E to treat Peyronie’s disease, is inconclusive at best, the idea of treating Peyronie’s disease with Vitamin E is not as far-fetched as you may think. Vitamin E is known to be a powerful antioxidant, with anti-inflammatory properties. That is why for many years it was one of the most commonly recommended alternative treatments for Peyronie’s disease. Anecdotally, men who have used Vitamin E to treat Peyronie’s have claimed to see a reduction in scar tissue, and a lessening of their curvature of the penis. There have also been one or two studies in recent years that pointed to the effectiveness of Vitamin E as a possible treatment for Peyronie’s.
However, in all of these cases, the positive results men got with Vitamin E, was only when it was combined with other Peyronie’s treatments.
There has been very little evidence that Vitamin E as a standalone treatment, can do a lot to reverse the effects of Peyronie’s disease. Today, most practitioners who treat men for Peyronie’s will include Vitamin E as an adjunctive therapy, taking kind of a “it doesn’t hurt, and it may help to some degree,” approach to using Vitamin E as a treatment for Peyronie’s. However, if you are seeking a drug-free, surgery free treatment for Peyronie’s disease, you should consider extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT.
An Effective Drug-Free, Surgery Free Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease
Unlike other alternative treatments such as Vitamin E, ESWT, has been showing great promise in the treatment of Peyronie’s.
ESWT in and of itself is not new. It has been used in other areas for decades such as for the treatment of kidney stones, and for joint injures and other orthopedic conditions. More recently, effective ESWT protocols have been developed for the treatment of ED, and now those protocols have been modified to provide a specific, and effective shockwave protocol for men with Peyronie’s disease.
In clinical trials, shockwave therapy for Peyronie’s Disease has been shown to be an effective alternative treatment to typical surgical interventions for patients with Peyronie’s, such as penile grafts, implants, or suturing techniques, which are far more painful and invasive.
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, entitled, Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) as a treatment for Peyronie’s disease, concluded, “All patients were able to have intercourse after the treatment” and that “ESWT is effective and safe [for Peyronie’s Disease]. It improves sexual health. It has a positive effect on reducing pain during erection and improves sexual function and the mental state of patients.”
Most interesting and relevant to ESWT and ED, in patients with Peyronie’s and ED, a study found that 60% of the patients treated with shockwave therapy saw improvement in erectile function, and 20% were able to resume sexual intercourse without oral PDE5 inhibitors.
If you are suffering the pain and embarrassment of Peyronie’s disease, and thought your only treatment options were surgery, or less than ideal prescription drugs, think again!
Contact our offices today, to learn more about the ESWT protocol for Peyronie’s Disease, and ask about special discounts for first time patients!