Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a common condition that affects men of all ages. It is characterized by difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. It is a common problem that affects about 30 million men in the United States. While occasional difficulty with erections is normal, frequent or persistent ED can have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life and relationships.

Causes of ED

ED can have both physical and psychological causes. Physical causes may include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Neurological conditions
  • Medications
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or drug use

Psychological causes may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Performance anxiety

      Symptoms of ED

      The most common symptom of ED is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Other symptoms of ED may include:

      • Difficulty getting an erection
      • Erections that are not firm enough for sexual intercourse
      • Erections that do not last long enough for sexual intercourse
      • Loss of morning erections
      • Loss of spontaneous erections
      Man and woman upset about ED


      At VITALIZE, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing ED. This may include a physical exam, blood tests to check hormone levels and other markers of health, and a psychological assessment. We may also perform other tests, such as a penile ultrasound, to assess blood flow to the penis.


      Our approach to treating ED is focused on addressing the underlying causes of the condition. This may include:

      • Lifestyle changes, such as improving diet and exercise habits, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol or drug use
      • Treating underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
      • Hormone therapy to correct imbalances
      • Natural therapies, such as supplements and herbal remedies, to support sexual function
      • Psychological counseling or therapy to address psychological causes of ED

      At VITALIZE, we take a personalized approach to ED treatment, working with each patient to create a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and goals using naturopathic and functional medicine. We believe that sexual health is an essential aspect of overall health and wellness, and we are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal sexual function and satisfaction.

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