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Can marriage counseling help my erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Most of the time, when your flag doesn’t wave, it’s a body problem, not a marriage problem. Of course, it can become a marriage problem if you don’t get some help. So the first “therapy” you should get is to see your good doc to find out if there is an underlying health condition, like untreated high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes that is causing your erectile dysfunction (ED).

Sometimes, though, it’s your relationship that needs repair. And even if the cause is mainly physical, ED can certainly tear a hole in your marital quilt. ED can bring to the fore any issues or conflicts that you and your partner are experiencing, and even create a few more. Marriage counseling is a great way to improve communication, and help both of you become happier sexually. Many men and women harbor myths and unrealistic expectations about sexual performance, especially as they get older, and working with a marriage counselor or psychosexual therapist can help get both of you back on the right track where you belong.

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