Erectile dysfunction does not have to signal the end of your sex life. As many as 30 million men in the United Kingdom are affected by ED, reports the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many cases of it respond well to lifestyle changes, medications, surgery, or other treatments. Even if your efforts to treat erectile dysfunction are unsuccessful, you and your partner can still enjoy physical intimacy and a satisfying sex life. Read on and learn some strategies to keep the spark in your relationship alive.
Communication is key
The most important tool for satisfying sex life is communication with your partner, especially when you are managing erectile dysfunction or other challenges. Talk openly about your sexual desires and your fears in the bedroom. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction or low libido, your partner may begin to worry that you no longer find them sexually attractive. They may suspect they are doing something wrong or undesirable. It is important to reassure one another that you still feel sexually attracted to each other and continue to remain supportive.
Try To Relax
Anxiety is one of the biggest contributors to erectile dysfunction. In some cases, it may play a larger role than physiological problems. When you are worried that you will not be able to perform or enjoy yourself in the bedroom, you are far less likely to get it up. It’s a self-fulfilling cycle.
Try not to focus on your erectile dysfunction when getting intimate with your partner, mainly because getting intimate won’t last long otherwise. Instead, enjoy the foreplay beforehand. Stuff like a massage may help you relax before getting intimate, plus it will ensure that the last thing you are thinking of is being flaccid still. After all, the more relaxed you are, the more ready you will be for a fulfilling and stress-free sexual experience, it isn’t a race to the finish after all!
Avoid Unhealthy Habits
Certain lifestyle habits can make erectile dysfunction worse. To help with managing erectile dysfunction and enjoy a healthy sex life:
- Quit smoking
- Avoid heavy drinking
- Avoid illicit drugs
Certain medications can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, including some antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medications, painkillers, and drugs for Parkinson’s disease. If you suspect that your erectile dysfunction is linked to your medications, talk with your doctor.