Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects about 30 million men in the United States. This condition also affects their partners and can create conflicts with intimacy.
At Urology Specialist Group, our skilled urologists specialize in the treatment of ED using advanced therapies. We also offer support to help you overcome the sexual side effects ED causes, so you once again enjoy a healthy, satisfying sex life.
What to know about ED
Erectile dysfunction describes the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for sex. Because the process of sexual arousal in men is complex, there’s a number of factors that can contribute to ED.
Underlying medical conditions can play a role in ED, especially:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
Injuries to your pelvic region can increase your risk for ED and so can smoking, excessive alcohol use, and drug abuse.
Your mental health can also affect your ability to achieve an erection. If you’re under severe stress or have anxiety or depression, you might be more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
Addressing ED with your partner
The most important thing to remember about erectile dysfunction is that it’s not a personal character flaw but a medical condition that can be treated.
Here are some tips to help you start the conversation:
Being honest with your partner about what you’re experiencing is a great first step to managing your condition. If you’re not upfront about what’s going on, your partner may overthink the situation and blame themselves for any intimacy issues you’re experiencing.
By opening up about ED, you create an opportunity for your partner to support you emotionally and through any medical treatments you need.
Choose the right time
Find the right time to discuss the situation with your partner, such as when you both have time to relax and communicate.
Try to avoid discussing the issue in the heat of the moment, which can lead to misunderstandings and arguments.
Be open to their feelings
Erectile dysfunction can be an emotional challenge for both you and your partner. While you should ask your partner for their support as you explore your treatment options, you should also be open to supporting them.
Maintaining an open line of communication is the best way to help each other navigate the challenges you both face as you work together to restore your sexual intimacy.
Exploring your treatment options for ED
In addition to being upfront with your partner about erectile dysfunction, you may also want to include them in your decisions about ED treatments.
Urology Specialist Group offers several effective treatment options for ED, including:
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Penis pumps
- Penile implants
We focus on the least invasive treatment options first and can recommend lifestyle changes that support your sexual health. Our goal is to address all of your health concerns and help restore your sexual health and partner intimacy.
If you’re ready to discuss your options for erectile dysfunction treatment, call the Urology Specialist Group office near you or book an appointment online today.