How to Talk to Your Partner About His Erectile Dysfunction


Jennifer Larson

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When your partner has erectile dysfunction (ED), it doesn’t just affect him. ED, which is the inability to get and sustain an erection that’s firm enough to have sex, affects you—and your relationship.

But that also puts you in the position to be a positive influence. It’s time to speak up and get involved in seeking help. Research shows that erectile dysfunction treatment tends to be more successful if both the man and his partner are active participants in his ED therapy. 

Keep the lines of communication open.

This is not the time to pretend like nothing is wrong. Instead, it’s time to calmly acknowledge the problem and reassure your partner that you want to help him.

Erectile dysfunction affects many men, but since it’s rarely talked about, there are a lot of myths floating around. Can you tell fact from fiction?

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