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How to Help Your Partner Through Erectile Dysfunction

    When a man can’t get or hold an erection long enough for sexual intercourse, he is said to be impotent. Another term used for this condition is erectile dysfunction. You can expect this to be a very upsetting topic for a man, and naturally, he would find it hard to open up about.


    However, ED is common and medication such as sildenafil and tadalafil tabs are widely sold.  A study in 2013 found that 26% of men under 40 years old were affected by ED. 


    As a partner, you will need to support him through his insecurities. Your empathy can be the difference between a healthy relationship and one that doesn’t work out as sex is important in keeping a relationship thriving.


    In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can help the man of your life through these hard times.


    Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay 

    Be Knowledgeable

    Often times, women blame themselves when their partner can’t get an erection. They start wondering if they’re not attractive anymore and might even doubt her partner’s loyalty thinking that he’s having an affair with a more attractive woman.


    This is rarely the case for ED. In fact, pressing him for answers in the bedroom will make the situation much worse. Instead, read more on this topic to get an understanding of what he’s going through.


    In younger men, ED can happen intermittently is usually linked to stress. In older men, ED is usually the result of an underlying health condition (which can be a concern). Type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and obesity are linked with ED. These diseases significantly affect the blood flow to the penis.


    How you respond to his condition is vital in him getting the right treatment. When you show your effort in understanding his situation, he’ll be more willing to share how he feels and how he’d want to move forward.


    Encourage Healthy Habits

    If your partner isn’t comfortable with seeking professional help yet, it’s a good idea to engage in a healthy lifestyle. If he smokes, encourage him to stop slowly.


    There is a strong relationship between cigarette smoking and ED because smoking can hinder blood flow throughout the body, including the genitals. Blood circulation after quitting the cigarettes will gradually improve within two to twelve weeks.


    Exercise, too, can improve blood flow to the genitals. Go out for runs with him and be his workout partner. It will boost his self-esteem and both of you will come home happy. If he’s already active, he may want to consider exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor


    Consulting a Doctor

    Don’t push him into seeing a doctor. If it took him this long to open up to you about his ED, it wouldn’t make sense to assume he’d be ecstatic to see a doctor even if it’s in his own interest.


    When he has gained the confidence to see one, you would need to consult a urologist. From here on out, your partner will be under good care. 


    The doctor would give a proper diagnosis to see what the underlying problems are and sort out the appropriate treatments for his case. It might take a while before he musters up the courage to seek treatment, but it will all be worth it.