How to Talk to Your Partner About ED
Having a conversation with your partner about erectile dysfunction can seem daunting and uncomfortable, but knowing how to approach it makes all the difference
Erectile dysfunction is an unfortunate, though entirely common fact of life. It is something that largely affects older men, but younger men experience it as well. The Cleaveland Clinic contends that up to 52 percent of men will experience erectile dysfunction in their lives, including up to 70 percent of men over the age of 70.
Talking about it can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. Below is some advice and some things to keep in mind when talking to your partner about your erectile dysfunction.
Begin by being honest and open
The best way to start any serious conversation with someone you love and care about is to be honest and open about what you are discussing. You should explain in clear terms (which can be give to you by your doctor and accompanying medical literature he might recommend to you) what ED is.
By being frank and upfront about ED as a medical condition, you help to demystify and destigmatize it, which is a prerequisite for any productive conversation. Many people only know about erectile dysfunction from what they have seen in entertainment media, and are, therefore, likely under a wide range of misapprehensions about it.
Acknowledge that there are treatment options you wish to seek
Another important component of any conversation about ED with your partner is the acknowledgement that you are interested in addressing the issue. Simply bringing it up does nothing to assuage your partner’s anxiety.
Discuss the range of treatment options that exist, and reassure your partner that this is not something that is incapable of being dramatically improved, or even completely remedied. One of the newest and most promising treatment options is called Gainswave Therapy.
Gainswave is a non-invasive procedure that uses pulse waves to increase and improve blood flow to your penis, getting to the underlying cause of erectile dysfunction. Urologists all over the world are lauding this new technology and treatment method, which has already produced tremendous clinical results. Gainswave has been referred to by some as revolutionary.
Encourage your partner to ask questions and express concerns
You want to engage your partner in reciprocal, two-way dialogue about your condition, not simply bombard them with information and expect them to be silent. They will invariably have questions to ask, and worries you can help put to rest.
Be honest about what erectile dysfunction entails, but also emphasize the myriad treatment options that exist. If you don’t know the answer to something, you can say say as much, and explore and conduct research together.
Erectile dysfunction is not something most men want to talk to their partners about, but it is something they are going to have to discuss sooner or later. Any uncomfortable subject can be broached if you know how to deliver the information, and can empathize with your audience. If you are getting ready to talk to your partner about ED, and are worried about it, keep the above tips and considerations in mind.
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