How Do I Talk to My Partner About Erectile Dysfunction?

ED Affects Both Partners

ED is more common, more serious, and more treatable than you think

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

How to Talk to Your Partner About Erectile Dysfunction

While only men are afflicted with the symptoms of ED, erectile dysfunction doesn’t just affect guys. ED affects your partner too. That’s why it’s crucial to avoid any embarrassment and talk to your partner—and a doctor—at the first signs of erectile dysfunction.

Also, a woman is often the first person to notice subtle changes in the strength and frequency of her partner’s erections. Women should feel comfortable talking to their partner about his potential ED. Erectile dysfunction is often an early warning sign of more serious health problems that only get worse with neglect.

Getting help, accurate information, and support as soon as possible are important parts to successfully treating ED. Here are some stats and facts to help you talk to your partner about erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction is More Common than You Think

More than 30 million men in the US suffer from erectile dysfunction. And the AMA expects that number to double by 2025. Another study found that 1 in 4 new cases of erectile dysfunction occurs in men under the age of 40, and that half of these cases are considered “severe ED.” You are not alone.

ED isn’t Just About Arousal

While arousal is an important part of getting an erection, ED isn’t about “not being turned on.” ED is usually caused by serious underlying health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, nerve damage, low testosterone, and even heart disease. Shaming your partner, or making him feel like ED is his fault will only drive him away from treatment. Anxiety, guilt, and stress can even make ED even worse.

Erectile dysfunction is often the first warning sign of serious health conditions. Don’t ignore ED or hope it will go away on its own. Talk to a doctor as soon as possible to get to the root cause behind your ED and fix what’s wrong before it leads to serious health complications.

Erectile Dysfunction is Treatable

Oral erectile dysfunction medication is effective in over 75% of cases. And there are ways to naturally increase the strength and frequency of your erections. Erections do change as men age, but erectile dysfunction isn’t inevitable. If you’re suffering from ED, talk to your partner and a doctor about what might be causing your erectile dysfunction. Together, you can make significant changes to your habits and lifestyle, as well as potentially treating erectile dysfunction with prescription ED medication.

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