7 strategies for partnering up with ED – Harvard Health Blog
Erectile dysfunction (ED) doesn’t just affect men; it also extends to their partners. After all, sexual difficulties are theirs too.
Yet men are often hesitant to talk about their erectile dysfunction. They feel embarrassed and guilty and consider themselves less “manly”. It’s a lot to deal with. But other important people can help by providing much needed emotional and physical support.
How to approach such a sensitive subject and what role should a partner play specifically? Here are seven suggestions.
Discuss the problem
Good communication is the foundation of a lasting relationship. Confront any worries you may have about his difficulty getting or maintaining an erection by discussing your feelings and telling your partner that you care about him. As hard as it is to talk about any sexual issue, the level of difficulty skyrockets if the issue gets deeper into years of lies, hurt, and resentment.
Find the right time to talk
There are two types of sex conversations: the ones you have in the bedroom and the ones you have elsewhere. It’s often best to talk about erectile dysfunction at a time and place where both people feel less vulnerable – that is, not in bed without clothes.
Reassure your partner that he is not alone
Remind him (and yourself) that millions of men suffer from erectile dysfunction and that it is a treatable medical condition. Also, understand that ED doesn’t mean he’s no longer interested in sex – or you.
Learn about the condition and treatment options
The information is really empowering. The best treatment for erectile dysfunction is the one that you both think will work best for your lovemaking.
Offer to accompany your partner to his doctor’s appointment
In general, couples who work together have the best chance of successful treatment. But if your partner prefers to see their doctor alone, respect their privacy. There are other ways to support his treatment.
Help your partner help themselves
Keep in mind that harmful health habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, can cause erectile dysfunction. In a supportive and non-judgmental manner, encourage your partner to break these habits and adopt healthier habits that could boost your sex life. What is good for her general health is good for your sexual relationship.
Express your love in many ways
Develop your repertoire of intimate expressions. Having sex can be satisfying even without an erection. Create an atmosphere of caring and tenderness, and explore different ways to be intimate in the bedroom, such as foreplay and exploring each other’s body.
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