By Dr. Emilia A. Ripoll, M.D.
Throughout ancient history, people worshiped fertility gods and goddess in hopes of fulfilling their desire for sexual intimacy and pleasure, as well as increasing their virility and fertility: Priapus in Greek mythology (see image), Isis and Min in Egyptian mythology, Lakshmi/Bhumi in Hindu mythology, Kokopelli in Native American mythology, just to name a few.
In more recent times, men (and some women) have sought the benefits of various herbs, bones, horns, and the flesh of certain animals to help restore their waning sexual potency and performance. Ginseng, tiger bone, rhino horn, oysters, and the genitalia of large powerful mammals (Rocky Mountain oysters) are some common examples of this practice.
A big shift in treating what we now call “erectile dysfunction” happened in 1994 when the Pfizer pharmaceutical company in England sent representatives to investigate why certain volunteers in the Phase 1 clinical trial for sildenafil citrate (an experimental heart medication) refused to return their unused allotment of meds once the trial was over.
When researchers discovered that this medication was of little value in treating angina or hypertension, but had a huge affect on men’s ability to have and maintain an erection, they understood why.
Two years later, sildenafil citrate (trade name: Viagra) was patented. Today, Viagra has been prescribed for over 40 million American men, and U.S. sales top $1 billion annually.
However, taking a prescription drug everyday or in anticipation of having sex falls short of being erotic. In addition to problematic side effects, managing your prescription, regular trips to the doctor’s office and the pharmacy, and feeling romantically dependent on a medicine bottle can all interfere with a man’s mojo.
Fortunately, Dr. Charles Runels, M.D. recently pioneered an ingenious application of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy called the Priapus Shot™, which has helped thousands of men achieve new levels of sexual potency, performance, and pleasure. In addition, more than half the men who receive the Priapus Shot™ report measurable penile enhancement.
After 25 years of doing penile injections to help men overcome severe erectile dysfunction, I was very impressed by the results other physicians were having with the Priapus Shot™ — so much so that I became a Priapus Shot™ practitioner. This quarter century of experience gives me many times more than the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell claims are required to develop mastery of a particular skill.
What is the Priapus Shot?
Named after the Greek god of fertility, the Priapus Shot™ is a series of six penile injections that rejuvenate a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection. These injections restore proper blood flow into and out of the penis and boost erection quality by a staggering 98 percent!
Here are a few of the improvements Dr. Runels’ patients report:
- Better quality of erection (5-point increase on the 25-point scale used by doctors)
- Sixty percent report an increase in at least a ½ inch in penis length and girth
- Feeling like you’ve turned back to clock on your love life
- Dramatically increases blood flow to the penis by opening the small arteries and capillaries without creating systemic vascular side effects like Viagra and other medications
- Since PRP is derived from your own body, there have never been any reported systemic side effects.
- Takes one-three weeks to see results; full effects are achieved within three months
- Effects typically last over a year.
- Compared to other treatment options for erectile dysfunction and penis enlargement, this non-surgical procedure is relatively inexpensive (approximately $1,500).
How PRP Works
As with all PRP procedures, the Priapus Shot™ begins with a couple of vials of blood being drawn. The plasma that contains the PRP is then separated from the red and white blood cells by a centrifuge. The platelets, which contain highly active glycoproteins known as growth factors (also called “chemokines” and “cytokines”), are then injected with an extremely thin needle (27 gauge) directly into these six injection areas. (Before you squirm at the thought of penile injections, the entire penis is numbed with a topical cream before the injections, so the patient feels no pain.)
The chemokines and cytokines within the PRP stimulate the local “uni-potent” stem cells (stem cells that only produce new cells in the adjacent tissue), which in turn initiates the production of new tissue in and around the injection locations. The growth factors within PRP stimulate the productions of new cells, enhance the migration of these cells in and around the injection sites, repair damaged cells, and extend the life of existing cells — all of which contribute to tissue rejuvenation.
PRP injections also enhance the proliferation of fibroblast growth factors (FGF) that direct the formation of new blood vessels and capillaries (angiogenesis) and wound healing.
As with healing any wound, the rejuvenation of the penis involves numerous tissue types (blood vessels, nerves, smooth muscle fibers, lymph vessels, connective tissues, endothelium and so on). So when the body, in this case the penis, receives a concentrated pulse of bioactive glycoproteins and FGF from a PRP injection, it immediately begins the generation of new tissue in the corpus cavernosa and throughout the entire penis.
Think of PRP as the fertilizer that restores a tired garden back to its former verdant luster.
The Origin of the Priapus Shot
Dr. Runels created the Priapus Shot™ on the heels of his success with his first signature PRP procedure, the Vampire Facelift™.
As Runels tells it, a salesman from a PRP kit manufacturer came to visit his office and told him, “Dr. Runels, I see you are doing a high volume of Juvéderm and Botox work. PRP works just like Juvéderm Juvéderm and Botox, and it causes increased volume and blood flow, with no side effects.”
“When he said ‘new volume and blood flow,’ the first thought that went through his mind was, this is going straight into my penis. I was thinking about male sexuality after all my work with hormone replacement therapy. I wanted to try it on my own penis first before I even thought about offering it to a patient.”
However, the lack of medical literature on such an injection, coupled with the fear of priapism and having to go to the emergency room to have his penis drained, kept Dr. Runels’ experimental desires at bay.
After about four months of pondering this idea, Dr. Runels received a call from San Diego. The man on the other end of the phone had read about Dr. Runels online, and asked if PRP could help improve the size of his penis. “He told me he was, ‘a conservative Jewish man with a small penis,’” Runels recalls. “’I am about to get married. I’m a good looking. I surf. I’m well traveled. I have a great business, but I’m worried that my finance might reject me because I have such a small penis.’”
And then he asked for help. Dr. Runels told his first potential patient that he would call him back within a week.
It takes a crazy redneck to try something like this
“I was very frightened,” Runels remembers. “What if the injection blocks off the blood flow, and I end up with priapism, necrosis, or some sort of weird curvature? I told my girlfriend, ‘You may need a new boyfriend soon, because if what’s I’m thinking about doing doesn’t work, you may not want to be with me anymore.’”
To help move the PRP around throughout his penis, Runels decided to employ a penis vacuum pump so the platelets wouldn’t pile up in one place.
“It takes a crazy redneck to try something like this,” Dr. Runels said of himself.
The crazier thing is it worked — extremely well
“From the combination of the injection and the pump, the base of my penis was clearly more substantial than it was before,” Runels said. “My girlfriend agreed. So we did a little experiment. And I had two thoughts: One, I wish I had a transcript of everything my girlfriend was saying so I could write it down for marketing purposes; and two, size really does matter.”
Dr. Runels called his potential patient in San Diego and told him, “You’ll be the first patient, and it may not work — or you could have a bigger penis in a month. Ironically, it did not make his penis larger. But he said that he doesn’t use the pump — it felt too weird.”
Dr. Runels has since discovered that the men who see the biggest gains in penis size are the ones who use the pump in conjunction with the injections. “It’s like taking steroids and lifting weights, if you don’t lift weights while you’re taking them, you won’t get any bigger.”
Despite the lack of increase in penis size, the San Diego patient was very please with the injections. “I asked him if he wanted his money back, and he said, ‘No, because my penis is working so much better now.’”
Since then, Dr. Runels has passed the torch to a select group of physicians like myself. Now, we are using the Priapus Shot™ to help our patients have the most meaningful sexual experience of their lives.
For more information about the Priapus Shot™, please contact my office at 303-554-4444.