Men's Health Wednesday April 22, 2015

How To Help Your Partner Cope With Erectile Dysfunction

When it comes to erectile dysfunction, we often think of the effect it has on the individual with the condition however, ED can be just as disruptive for the partner.

Erectile dysfunction can cause many side effects revolving around a person's mentality, which in turn reflects straight back onto you.Not to mention the detrimental affect it can have on a couple's sex life. Yep, it can be hard work.

There's no denying, it takes its toil on your relationship physically and mentally. Whilst you need to you encourage (and your support is always in abundance), there are other aspects to consider. For example, a bucket load of patience, lifestyle changes and medical treatment could be the key in managing this common condition including:

  • Prescription medication
  • Losing weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Vacuum pumps
  • For extreme cases, surgery

If you are directly coping with a form of ED, or are the partner of a possibly disgruntled and certainly stressed ED sufferer, then this scenario is all too familiar. Here are some straightforward ways you can help your partner, and yourself:

Knowledge is power

Sir Francis Bacon isn't wrong. The best way to support your partner and his choice of medication is filling your mind with as much information about erectile dysfunction as possible. This allows you to be on the same page and discover the right treatment for your partner but also for you too. The more you know, the more you can engage with your partner, understand what they're going through and find the right solution with ease.

Be with him every step of the way

Create a solid support base and make it clear your partner can turn to you whatever the issue, whether it's closely related or a mental side effect. This may mean making positive changes to your life too. For example, if you both smoke, why not use this as the perfect opportunity to quit. Many ED sufferers feel inadequate. You need to be their crutch. The fact of the matter is, erectile dysfunction is extremely common. He isn't alone and it is treatable – you just need to find the perfect solution for the both of you.

Experiment with treatments

There are many treatments and ways of dealing with ED that have been proven to work. Whilst well-known medications like Viagra and Cialis are extremely popular, do remember there are side effects and precautions to be taken in account. For example, if you are taking other medications or have had significant health problems in the past, these tablets may not be the treatment most effective for your partner. Do remember to encourage your partner to visit the doctor, you can join him too if he is willing, to discuss the various options before starting treatment.

Take care of your well-being as well

The effect ED can have on an individual can be distressing, however it can be just as stressful for you. From a troubled sex life to emotional connections, your relationship can be severely affected. There are simple ways you can cope:

    Talk – discuss your thoughts and feelings with your partner. Not only will this improve communication and let him know he can openly discuss ED with you, but this unloads many thoughts that would fester if kept secret
  • Improve yourself – many lifestyle factors can have a detrimental effect, however helping your partner quit smoking/heavily drinking/exercising more regularly is something you can do as well. Embrace the team mentality
  • Explore – as well as possible lifestyle changes you can make to help your partner and yourself, this is a great opportunity to experiment in the bedroom and possibly discover something new and exciting
  • Keep positive – ED is treatable! Support your partner through his struggles and you may become the strongest you've ever been.

Erectile dysfunction is no walk in the park, however it is very common and there are ways you can cope, as a sufferer and those closely connected.

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