Performance. It shows up in every area of our lives—from job and sports performance to academic performance and beyond. There’s always an expectation to live up to, even if it’s our own. This is especially true in the bedroom.

For men, erectile dysfunction (ED) can feel like a magnifying glass. It can lead to anxiety and depression, impacting the quality of life in other areas.

There are options available to restore sexual function. Fortunately, they don’t all begin and end with prescription medication.

The Liquivida wellness center in Broward County focuses on creating vitality from the inside out and offers several treatments for erectile dysfunction. Their top priority is to uncover the root cause of erectile dysfunction so they can treat the source and not just the symptoms. They are quickly becoming a go-to source for alternative treatment options.

What is erectile dysfunction?

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study surveyed 1,709 men aged 40–70 years between 1987 and 1989 and found there was a total prevalence of erectile dysfunction of 52 percent. It was estimated that, in 1995, over 152 million men worldwide experienced ED. For 2025, the prevalence of ED is predicted to be approximately 322 million worldwide.

In the past, erectile dysfunction was commonly believed to be caused by psychological problems. It is now known that, for most men, erectile dysfunction is caused by physical problems, usually related to the blood supply of the penis. Many advances have occurred in both diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Based on the numbers, sexual wellness is in a state of decline worldwide, but many promising treatments are changing the outlook.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

The causes of erectile dysfunction vary, but according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, they can be divided into four categories: Diseases and Conditions, Medications, Psychological/Emotional Issues and Health-related Factors and Behaviors.

Diseases and Conditions

type 2 diabetes

heart and blood vessel disease


high blood pressure

chronic kidney disease

multiple sclerosis

Peyronie’s disease

injury from treatments for prostate cancer including radiation therapy and prostate surgery

injury to the penis, spinal cord, prostate, bladder, or pelvis

surgery for bladder cancer


blood pressure medicines

medicines used for prostate cancer therapy


tranquilizers, or prescription sedatives—
medicines that make you calmer or sleepy

appetite suppressants, or medicines that make you less hungry

ulcer medicines

Emotional Issues

fear of sexual failure



guilt about sexual performance or certain sexual activities

low self-esteem

stress—about sexual performance, or stress in your life in general

Health-Related Factors and Behaviors


drinking too much alcohol

using illegal drugs

being overweight

not being physically active


How do you fix erectile dysfunction?

There are two main schools of thought when it comes to fixing erectile dysfunction. The conventional approach focuses on finding artificial ways to augment or support penile function. The alternative approach—those aligned with functional medicine, like the treatments provided at Liquivida — seeks ways to restore penile function by correcting the root cause.

Conventional options for ED

Most conventional solutions, like prescription drugs, require the patient to accept a temporary fix attached to a host of potential side effects. For medications like tadalafil (Cialis), sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra) and avanafil (Stendra), patients can experience mild side effects like headaches and dizziness to more severe ones that negatively impact vision, hearing or even cause priapism (erections that last longer than 4 hours).

“When men use one or more of the popular, conventional prescription medications for ED, they experience a lot of side effects like headaches and heartburn. The next day can be really brutal for the guy who's taking these medications.”
- Samael Tejada, Liquivida CEO

Beyond medication, other conventional options for fixing ED include vacuum erection devices, injection therapy, implants and surgery, all of which come with their own set of complications.

Alternative treatments for ED

When clients come to the Broward County Liquivida to get treated for erectile dysfunction, they are offered more than a bandaid to mask the symptoms of ED. After a comprehensive assessment to determine the root cause of their erectile dysfunction, clients are given the best option based on the data. This can include a number of available treatments, including these.

  1. PT-141 - a synthetic peptide also known as Bremelanotide is used to treat sexual dysfunction in men and women. For men, it’s used to correct erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
  2. GAINSWave® - this innovative procedure uses shockwave therapy with high-frequency, low-intensity sound waves to improve blood flow to the penis. The treatment, designed to also remove microplaque and stimulate new blood vessel growth, boasts a 75% success rate.
  3. P-Shot - a shot derived from platelet-rich plasma. Once removed from the patient’s blood, the plasma is injected into the penis to improve erections.

“At Liquivida, we take patient care seriously. We offer a relaxed environment where anyone can come to receive one of our treatments. For all of our medical procedures, we have licensed medical professionals on staff to administer the treatments
and ensure they are done properly.”
- Dr. Kendrick Heywood, Medical Director,
Liquivida, Broward County

Which ED treatment is best?

Finding the most effective treatment for ED depends on a number of factors, including current health, pre-existing conditions, the extent of the condition, tolerance for certain therapies and age. It’s always best to discuss options with a licensed, medical professional who is familiar with current solutions, the side effects and what will be best for the patient based on the data.

For more information on treatments for erectile dysfunction and other services offered at the Liquivida in Broward County—including Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines and Coral Springs —visit their website.

Liquivida is a growing, full-service health and wellness franchise with an innovative approach to health and wellness, founded by Sam Tejada. With locations across the United States, they’ve developed a reputation for offering the highest-quality products and services on the market, all administered by licensed medical professionals. They offer weight-reduction services, medical aesthetics, sexual wellness, hormone replacement treatment, and the highest-quality IV products. Liquivida has been featured in Entrepreneur , Forbes and Yahoo! . To learn more about Liquivida and the company’s mission to bring the future of health to everyone, visit their website at .