Erectile Dysfunction

Kirt Tyson, NMD; CPBN; FAAOPM -  - Naturopathic Physician

Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC


Naturopathic Physician & Men's Health Specialist located in Washington, DC

If you’ve been experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), you may be frustrated and embarrassed, but know that ED is both common and easy to treat. At Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., board-certified naturopathic physician Kirt Tyson, NMD, CPBN, FAAOPM, provides treatment for ED with a focus on underlying health factors. Dr. Tyson helps you improve your blood flow naturally through nutrition and offers innovative, effective treatments like intracavernous injections and GAINSWave®. To learn about ED treatment, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.

Erectile Dysfunction

What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?

ED means you regularly have trouble achieving and maintaining an erection strong enough for sex. There’s no exact test or measurement that determines if you have ED, but if you find that your erectile issues are interfering with your sex life, you may have the condition.

You don’t need to worry if you have occasional sexual performance issues. Most men have difficulty with an erection at some point, and it doesn’t mean you have ED. For example, if you occasionally have too much to drink, or are nervous or distracted in the bedroom, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern.

If you have persistent problems with sexual function, enough that you lose interest in sex or feel increased anxiety about sex, the cause may be ED. Thankfully, ED is a common, easily treatable condition. You don’t need to be embarrassed to discuss your symptoms with Dr. Tyson.

What causes ED?

ED has a number of possible causes, both mental and physical. The causes of ED are often related to each other. For example, you may have a physical condition that affects your sexual response, which increases your anxiety about sex and worsens your ED.  

 Common contributing factors to ED include:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone
  • Anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Performance anxiety
  • Past experiences of abuse
  • Sexual shame
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • Medication side effects

When you get treatment for ED at Balanced Health Medical Center, it helps to keep track of your erectile issues. You may want to write down when the issues started, or when they get better or worse. If you can trace them to a specific factor, Dr. Tyson can treat you more easily.

How is ED treated?

ED is often the result of an underlying medical condition that affects your blood flow, or a psychological issue that makes it difficult to get in the right mood for sex. Often, ED improves when you treat the underlying condition, whether that means managing your stress or boosting your vascular health.

Sometimes, addressing the underlying cause of ED isn’t enough. Thankfully, Balanced Health Medical Center offers several innovative, effective treatments for ED.

Dr. Tyson offers intracavernous injections, injectable medication for ED that allows you to get a strong, lasting erection in preparation for sex. Intracavernous injections work well even in men who haven’t had luck with oral medication for ED. Dr. Tyson teaches you to safely and comfortably inject the medication.

Balanced Health Medical Center also offers GAINSWave, a drug-free treatment for ED. Over the course of several treatments, GAINSWave uses shock waves to naturally improve blood flow and sexual response.

You don’t have to struggle with ED. To get help, call the office of Balanced Health Medical Center today or schedule an appointment online.