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What Your Partner Should Know About ED

Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is a common condition impacting many adult men today. In fact, researchers estimate that more than 30 million men in the United States are struggling with ED. And while ED is increasingly common, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

However, it isn’t just about the man dealing with the ED, it is also about his partner who can be equally impacted by this condition. If you are a man struggling with ED, it is important to have open and honest conversations about Erectile Dysfunction so that they can also understand this difficult sexual obstacle.

  1. It’s Not Your Partner’s Fault
    One of the most frustrating things for adults who have a partner with ED is feeling as though these performance issues are their fault. If you have ED, it is important to talk to your partner and explain that it is not their fault. It is not that you aren’t sexually attracted to your partner, ED is more complex than that.
    Erectile Dysfunction is typically linked to physiological or physical concerns, or sometimes even both. Conditions like diabetes and hypertension can impact blood flow to the penis to cause ED. Stress and certain medications can also lead to issues with ED. Your partner should understand this and make sure they understand that it has nothing to do with their physical appearance.
  2. Your Partner Can Actually Help
    While it may be difficult to talk about something as sensitive as ED, open communication can really help your relationship. Sometimes men just need some love and support as they figure out how to handle these challenges. Most doctors agree that it is helpful for partners to attend doctor’s appointments.
    Open communication about using sex toys or other aides that can enhance arousal is also a great way to take the pressure off of men who may not be able to perform in the way they want.
  3. Remember, It Takes Time
    While ED can be frustrating, it is important to have as much patience as possible. There is nothing that will help a man with ED more than patience. Even if you have a medication that will treat ED, these medications take time to start working. Be patient and set realistic expectations. There may be some trial and error involved with finding a solution. But a patient partner will only help ease tensions as you both sort out this condition and your sexual future.
    The other important thing to know about ED is that it doesn’t have to be a permanent issue in your life. Erectile Dysfunction, while common, isn’t “normal” and should be treated by a medical professional. Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we know that many men (and their partners) are struggling with ED and we have treatment options available that can help.
    If you have questions about ED or Erectile Dysfunction, contact our office to schedule an appointment today. Just call us at (817) 369-3605.