Jimmy Croxton is hoping the treatment – a variation of the Vampire Facelift made famous by Kim Kardashian – will help him become a dad.
A diabetic sales executive who feared he would never father a child after his condition left him impotent has revealed how a £1,200 treatment, called a P-Shot- developed from an anti-ageing facial used by Kim Kardashian – could restore his chances of having a family within minutes.
Jimmy Croxton and his girlfriend Natalie Wilshaw, 33, a team leader at a mental health facility, who live together in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, started trying for a family shortly after they met in Stoke-on-Trent three years ago.
But fluctuating blood sugar levels caused by his type 1 diabetes – a metabolic disorder which results from the body being unable to produce enough of the insulin hormone controlling blood glucose – had damaged nerves in his penis, leading to erectile dysfunction and problems ejaculating.
Jimmy, 33, who had his first P-Shot last month, said he is already experiencing enhanced sexual performance and now hopes a further shot in January will mean he can ejaculate normally, adding: “If Natalie and I can then conceive, it will mean the world to us both to have a child together.”
Speaking out to encourage more men with erectile problems like him to seek help, rather than suffering in silence, Jimmy explained how the cutting-edge procedure – which takes just a few minutes to perform – works by stimulating the growth of new tissue and rejuvenating the sexual organ.
Jimmy, who heard about the P-Shot through a friend, said: “Natalie and I have wanted to have children for some time, so I leapt at the chance of trying it.”
He continued: “There is a lot of stigma surrounding erectile dysfunction and it’s something that people often treat quite flippantly.
“But it’s stopped us from having kids and that’s no laughing matter.”
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 18, after losing five stone weight within just a few months and noticing a dramatic increase in his need to pass urine, Jimmy was told he would need to inject himself with insulin four times a day for the rest of his life.
But he experienced no adverse side effects from the condition until 2010, when, living a bachelor life, without a serious partner, he began to experience difficulties with his sexual performance.
He explained: “I wasn’t a huge womaniser, going out on the town each night looking to pick up girls.
“But when I did spend the night with a woman I would sometimes have problems keeping an erection which, when you’re a young man, can be very tough.”
Over the next few months, having been told by his GP that his diabetes was behind his difficulties, Jimmy’s problem became worse -with around half his sexual encounters resulting in a flop.
Mortified, he started warning potential sexual partners well before any intimate encounters that his condition often made love-making a challenge.
“It’s very difficult explaining it to girls, because there is still so much stigma about erectile dysfunction,” said Jimmy.
He added: “People think it’s some big joke, making it very embarrassing to explain, especially if you don’t know the person that well.”
Although he was prescribed four Viagra pills a month, to help temporarily relieve erectile dysfunction, they had little effect and his relationships with women began to suffer because of his sexual performance.
He said: “When I was about 26 I was going out with a 19-year-old and, I think because she was so young, she just didn’t understand why our lovemaking wasn’t working.”
He continued: “The relationship fell apart for several reasons, but that was definitely a big one.”
Worse still, when Jimmy was 27, the nerve damage resulting from his diabetes meant he stopped being able to ejaculate.
He continued: “I would have the sensation of the orgasm without releasing any sperm.”
He continued: “It was very unnerving and I knew immediately that this could be a big problem if I ever wanted to have kids.”
With no one serious on the horizon, Jimmy decided to tackle this problem when he had to – only to fall madly in love with Natalie soon afterwards and to realise he wanted her to be the mother of his children.
But Jimmy’s problems meant they could not conceive naturally, so the couple began looking into adoption.
“It was quite upsetting for us both,” recalled Jimmy, who still enjoys an active sex life with Natalie, despite his difficulties.
Then, a friend told him about a radical new treatment for men, designed to restore erectile function, and Jimmy was keen to try it.
After a consultation in London at the Elite Aesthetics clinic, he booked in for his first P-Shot, which takes plasma – the element of the blood that stimulates tissue growth – from the blood and injects it into the penis, with the aim of repairing his wasted nerve endings.
The procedure is a variation on the so-called Vampire Facial, which Kim Kardashian posted a now infamous snap of herself undergoing in 2013.
Within a few days, Jimmy’s erections were lasting longer and Natalie remarked that his penis was looking plumper.
“It has really given me a confidence boost,” he said.
“Having the procedure has also opened my eyes to the damage I was doing to myself by not maintaining my sugar levels better, so I have gone on a strict diet now, cutting out fruits and weighing every meal I eat, so I know how much insulin to inject myself with.”
Still having trouble ejaculating, Jimmy now hopes that a follow-up P-Shot next month will restore that function, too – giving the couple a fighting chance of conceiving naturally.
Jimmy added: “Natalie is the love of my life, but I feel this has held us back from what we really want – which is to have kids together.”
Jimmy added: “Getting back to my old self would be a dream come true.”
Dr Shirin Lakhani, who administer Jimmy with the P-Shot at Elite Aesthetics, said: “The P-Shot is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction due to local causes, including nerve damage or vascular issues and diseases such as diabetes.
“By improving the blood supply and triggering tissue regeneration patient’s do notice an improvement in their ability to achieve and maintain firmness of erections which, in Jimmy’s case has had a huge impact on his life.”