Communication is truly the foundation of any successful relationship, whether it be personal, business, etc. Knowing this, communication and trust are the foundations of a good intimate relationship. If there is no trust or communication, the relationship is often destined to fail. Well, communication is also an important part of maintaining a healthy sexual relationship with your partner, because it affects your overall physical and mental well-being. That’s why it is important to be able to talk with one another about any problems, especially when it comes to experiencing erectile dysfunction.
It should come as no surprise that sexual satisfaction is known to be an important part of overall relationship satisfaction. Couples who have a healthy sexual relationship tend to be overall more happy together, especially when considering starting a family.
However, having conditions such as erectile dysfunction (ED) can turn a relationship upside down, causing stress and strain. Men with ED often experience embarrassment, which often leads to anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and most importantly, intimacy issues and reduced quality of life.
Therefore, if your husband is keeping a secret like the fact that he is suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), it can make him want to hide under the covers for all of eternity, but it’s time to face the facts, and talk with him about it. No matter what your husband may think, he is not the only one facing this problem. According to research done by the Cleveland Clinic, 52 percent of men experience erectile dysfunction at some point.
If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, the problem may be more complicated than just low testosterone or a general lack of interest. Although it’s true that a reduction in the sex hormone testosterone can cause a lack of sexual desire that, in turn, leads to trouble getting or maintaining an erection, there are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction. While sex may be the topic at hand, other health concerns related to erectile dysfunction should certainly be considered, to really ensure a long and healthy relationship.
Though it may be difficult at first, it’s time to overcome the embarrassment and take control of your sex life. Know that it is okay to ask for help.
When it comes to talking to your husband about his condition, make sure you are open, yet understanding. When problems happen, especially something as sensitive as sex, emotions can run high, so it is important that your partner knows that you are more supportive than anything. Men often believe that having ED is their fault, and they start to feel inadequate for their partner, and fear losing intimacy and attraction. Make sure you tell your partner that it’s not a matter of being attracted to them, but that finding a solution and ensuring good health is of the utmost importance. They are still the one you took vows with, and tough times don’t change them from the person you fell in love with.
Again, it is important that you and your husband seek outside help for the situation. Talking to a doctor who specializes in treating men’s health concerns such as erectile dysfunction, can help you and your partner understand the cause of the problem and evaluate their specific situation, to come up with the best treatment for you. No matter the severity or physical cause of your ED, there are solutions to help you and your husband regain intimacy, and restore his self-confidence, so don’t give up.
To learn more about erectile dysfunction, and how to talk to your husband about it the proper way, call Ironwood Urology at (480) 961-2323 to request an appointment with Dr. Desi Avila, or request an appointment online.