How to Deal With Erectile Dysfunction in a Relationship – University of Utah Health Care

Posted: October 7, 2020 at 11:53 pm

Oct 07, 2020 7:00 AM

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is frequently referred to as the couples disease, which is very fitting because it affects more than just one partner. Stress on a couples sex life can spill over into other aspects of your relationship. Its important to talk with your partner if he is experiencing ED.

Sometimes men are embarrassed to talk about their ED or to see a doctor for it. Instead, they become distant from their partners. This can leave you feeling like he isnt interested in you or isnt attracted to you anymore this is rarely the problem.

ED can be associated with another health condition like heart disease or diabetes. Other times, it can be a side effect of a treatment for something like prostate cancer. Some men also experience ED after a sexual encounter in which they dont perform to their normal level. This can lead to anxiety overall getting and maintaining erections.

Regardless of the cause, men experiencing ED should seek care from a medical professional.

Putting yourself in your partners shoes is a great first step to tackling ED as a couple. Many men with ED feel theyve lost self-confidence inside and outside of the bedroom, which can lead to anxiety and depression. Acknowledge your partners struggle and be supportive.

Starting the conversation about ED sounds uncomfortable, but its the first step in finding a solution. Think about when and where you want to talk about this with your partner. The bedroom might be a great place to talk about it if thats the only place you can get some privacy, but make sure its not during or following sexual intimacy.

Remind your partner that youre in this together and that ED is treatable.

When you get treatment, we recommend you attend doctors appointments together so that you both are well-informed on the treatment options available. These treatment options can include any of these:

When you are ready to find treatment for ED, let your partner know that you will support them. To learn more, contact us to make an appointment with our Mens Health specialists.

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