Many people who experience erectile dysfunction feel embarrassed about it and have a hard time discussing the subject. They often feel it’s their job to satisfy their partner and worry that, if they can’t, their partner will leave.
Some avoid sexual encounters entirely in an effort to not deal with the issue. This can lead to distance growing between partners and a breakdown in the relationship. By simply talking to your partner about ED, you can maintain a strong and supportive relationship.
ED is More Common Than You Think
It is important to realize that there is no need to feel embarrassed about erectile dysfunction. Approximately two out of five men experience it by age 40. It can be caused by many issues, including chronic disease or certain medications.
Familiarize Yourself About ED
It is important to find a comfortable way to approach the subject of erectile dysfunction. Do some research to educate yourself on the causes and treatments of erectile dysfunction. People can be more comfortable talking about a subject when they are more familiar with it and have the proper vocabulary.
Remember that there is nothing wrong with using words such as “penis,” erection,” “sexual intercourse” or “sex.” It may be uncomfortable at first simply because most people are not used to talking about these subjects, but that discomfort quickly goes away once the conversation has begun.
Keep Your Partner Informed and Involved
Maintaining communication with your partner is one of the most important things to remember when dealing with erectile dysfunction. Often, a person who is experiencing erectile dysfunction will choose to try and avoid the issue entirely. This creates distance between the partners and leads to a further lack of intimacy in the relationship. The first step toward finding a solution is opening up communication about the subject.
Think of New Forms of Intimacy
Stay positive and focus on what you and your partner need and want, as well as how to get it. Avoid making jokes when you begin the conversation. Erectile dysfunction can be a sensitive topic for everyone involved in the relationship. Partners of people with erectile dysfunction will often worry that they are the cause because they are not attractive enough anymore. Reassure your partner that this is not the case.
Discuss new ways to be intimate without the pressure of sexual “performance”. This can start by simply talking more and focusing on emotional intimacy. When discussing ways to be physically intimate, remember that there doesn’t have to be a “goal” of penetration or orgasm. Consider focusing more on massaging and caressing gestures, and remember to enjoy each other’s presence.
Consider Your Treatment Options
There are many treatment options available for erectile dysfunction, no matter what the cause. Talk to you doctor to get a proper diagnosis and find what the best solution is for you.
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