One of the struggles relationships can encounter is when their male partner experiences erectile dysfunction. This is common among couples around the globe as erectile dysfunction is something that is likely for men to experience either as they grow old or temporarily due to different factors. It can be challenging to cope with having erectile dysfunction not only for men who experience it but also for his partner as this can cause distress in the relationship as males may experience stress, lack of confidence, depression, and more. This may also result in the partner’s dissatisfaction in the relationship and the stress from not knowing how to help their partner.

How does Erectile Dysfunction occur?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability of men to have and sustain an erection enough to have sexual intercourse with their factors. This is often caused by the lack of blood in the penile area, but there are other factors that may be due to the physical and psychological disposition of males. The main components in having an erection are the brain, muscles, tissues, nerves, blood circulation, and emotions. These can be affected by physical health issues such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, and others which then cause erectile dysfunction. On the other hand, psychological factors such as stress, depression, anxiety, and such can result in erectile dysfunction.

Here’s what you can do

As a partner, your attitude towards your partner experiencing erectile dysfunction can become one of the most important factors that can help them manage through the dysfunction.  

  • Know everything that you need to understand about erectile dysfunction.

It is essential that you learn as much as you can on erectile dysfunction as this can prepare you better in helping your partner. More so, in making the effort of knowing more about this, you get to show your partner that you are both in this together. There are different kinds of treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Encourage and go with them to a clinic or a doctor. Often, men feel embarrassed about what they are experiencing and this leads to them not going to a doctor for a consultation.

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  • Be open to communicating how you feel

One of the most important ways you can help is being open about your feelings as you are also affected.  This helps in lessening the possible miscommunications and conflicts that may arise and leads to conversations where you can talk about how you can go about your sex life in the relationship, finding other ways to satisfy and please each other so no one feels pressured, and such.

  • Remind them how much they are valued

Assure them of how much you care for them and how you’ll be there every step of the way. As mentioned, erectile dysfunction can affect a man’s mental and emotional health. Reminding them that having an erection does not measure their masculinity is important. Moreover, intimacy does not only come from sex. It can also come from simply being close, holding hands, and such.