Sexual dysfunction of any type, whether it’s erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, can be distressing and have a profound impact on your relationship. Feelings of guilt, shame, and disappointment can prevent a person with sexual dysfunction from getting the help they need. As a partner of someone with sexual dysfunction, you might also experience mental distress and sexual frustration.
But what you need to remember is that sexual dysfunctions can occur, they can be treated, and it is better to tackle this health problem head-on rather than beat around the bush due to its sensitive nature. . Of course, it won’t be easy for you or your partner. But getting professional help and supporting each other through this health issue will help you both improve your connection as well as your mutual health.
And if you need some advice on how best to help your partner, you can try the following steps.
1. Communicate with empathy
Suffering from sexual dysfunction can make your partner feel isolated. It is very important that you communicate with them properly and as you always do, that you empathize with their predicament and discuss together how to overcome this health problem. Offer to go with her for her doctor’s appointments and get sex therapist appointments for both of you. Open dialogue, reassuring and overcoming mutual fears and frustrations is very important.
2. Relax and rediscover
Stress and anxiety can increase if you’re struggling with sexual dysfunction, but it’s important that you keep the two at bay as much as possible for your own benefit. Anxiety can make symptoms of sexual dysfunction worse, so try relaxation techniques with your partner instead. Take the time to rediscover your love and what you enjoy in each other’s company outside of sex.
3. Add positive changes
Your partner may need to make a number of lifestyle changes to overcome their sexual dysfunction. This includes quitting smoking, reducing or giving up alcohol, eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, receiving therapy and prescribed medication, etc. Support your partner in these activities, participate where you can, and set goals that you both can follow.
4. Try new things
Sex is not the end of a relationship, and there are many other ways to express intimacy and enjoy each other’s company. Maybe now is the time to explore new ways of being together and playing in bed. If that’s the sexual satisfaction you’re after, try mutual masturbation, manual and oral stimulation, and toys or vibrators, all while providing protection as well.
5. Don’t give up
Sexual intimacy is an important part of your relationship, and sexual dysfunction can get in the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to let go of your relationship. You may need to make adjustments and restructure parts of your life, but remember that sexual dysfunctions can be treated with time, patience, and effort.
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