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How can I care for a loved one with erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
You can care for a loved one with erectile dysfunction by being supportive, nonjudgmental and encouraging him to seek medical treatment. As many as 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction (ED), so your partner is not alone. Still, he probably feels uncomfortable or embarrassed talking about his problems with getting or maintaining an erection.
ED is often a sign of a serious health problem, such as heart disease, diabetes, nerve damage, or an endocrine (hormonal) disorder, so it’s important that you encourage him to see a doctor. Even if he is not ready to discuss ED with the doctor, it is possible that treating a related health condition will not only improve his overall health but also sexual function. 

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