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How should I talk to my partner about his erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Talking about sexual problems can be awkward for both of you. The best time to talk about issues like erectile dysfunction (ED) is when you're not having sex -- chatting while you're "in the moment" can interrupt the action and increase performance anxiety. Instead, wait until you're outside the bedroom, in a non-sexual setting. Start by reassuring your man that you enjoy your sex life and your relationship as a whole.

Tell him that you've been doing some reading about ED -- and that you've learned that, just as there are many different causes and triggers, there are many different treatment options. Ask him if he'd like to see what you've been reading or discuss it with you. If he's open to it, share this information with him.

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