Alright, let’s be honest!
Chances are you’ve opened up this article in an incognito tab because you don’t want anyone else to see your search history. We get it; it can be embarrassing. It’s tough to deal with the stigma of erectile dysfunction.
talking to your partner about this can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable.
Not only for you but especially if you’re in a relationship, talking to your partner about this can be extremely awkward and uncomfortable. But that’s why we’re here. To help make this a bit easier. For you and your partner.
How Erectile Dysfunction Affects a Relationship
ED can have a seriously negative impact on your relationship. Communication is the key to not letting this happen
ED can have a seriously negative impact on your relationship. Many people refer to it as the silent relationship killer. Quite literally, if you and your partner are silent about this circumstance and hesitate to openly talk about it, it can lead to the end of a relationship.
Communication is the key to not letting this happen. If you’re both mature adults who communicate well and choose to work on this situation together, it will bring you two closer and strengthen the bond.
Dealing With Erectile Dysfunction in a Relationship
Now the usual and immediate reaction you might feel when your partner discovers that you have erectile dysfunction would be that of shame or anger. Shame because you’re unhappy that you cannot satisfy your partner and what she might be thinking of you. Or anger where you might start blaming your partner for your condition. (Which truth be told, is highly unlikely)
Neither of these situations is good for your relationship. On one end, you’re both uncomfortable talking about it. And on the other end, your partner might be suffering psychologically
Neither of these situations is good for your relationship. On one end, you’re both uncomfortable talking about it. And on the other end, your partner might be suffering psychologically, creating a negative impact on their self-worth. Sometimes, even if you have not blamed your partner, their insecurities might partially lead them to blame themselves.
So what should you do?
Have an open mind when it comes to trying alternative methods
- Be open about your condition and talk to your partner about it. Trust your partner enough to share how you’re really feeling and communicate to eradicate the awkwardness.
- Talk about treatment options with your partner. Not only as the person suffering from ED, but if your partner is the one suffering from ED, then taking the initiative to start the conversation and show a willingness to fix things can be a real boost for your partner’s confidence. It ultimately helps you both build a stronger relationship.
- You can give couples counselling a shot. Sometimes having a third perspective who is trained to navigate such situations in relationships can be really beneficial for you and your partner to grow.
- Have an open mind when it comes to trying alternative methods for sexual pleasure, such as sex toys. More often than not, your partner will be extremely open to trying new things and exploring different possibilities with you.