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How to Have a Difficult Talk About Men's Health

The internet has given us such a wealth of information and resources right at our fingertips. It's never been easier to learn about new things or research facts, tips and tricks about any variety of subjects. But sometimes, the hardest step is getting a loved one to acknowledge a problem they're having before they can even get to the part about researching and understanding it.

A very common question we get in our office is how to talk to a spouse or partner about erectile dysfunction. It can be a very sensitive topic and one that should be handled with care. Here are some tips on how to broach the subject.

Find a Time to Talk (Outside the Bedroom)

Try not to bring it up before, during or right after intimacy. This could lead to feelings of embarrassment and defensiveness. He likely knows there's a problem and knows that you know, as well. But giving him some time after the erectile dysfunction happens is best.

Be Open and Supportive

It's important to express your concerns in a way that is non-critical or judgmental. It's a tense conversation for you both and even more frustrating for him because this is not something he can control or fix on his own. Try not to make a big deal of it or criticize in any way. The first time you bring it up, make sure to move on quickly to another subject if he doesn't seem receptive.

Mention a Medical Condition May Be to Blame

In many cases of erectile dysfunction, an underlying medical condition is to blame. Issues with hormones, blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, just to name a few, can cause this frustrating problem. In addition, certain medications or lifestyle choices can increase the risk for developing ED. The bottom line is, there's likely a solution that can be found just by calling or visiting the doctor.

Dr. Foster has helped men all over the country with their ED problems. Those who find it embarrassing really appreciate his option for treatment via phone consult, when everything can be addressed discreetly without having to travel to his office. For more information or to schedule a phone consultation, call us today at 760-670-3621.

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