Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction in Marriage

Medically Reviewed By Gerard Marroquin, MD

Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction in Marriage

Nearly 30 million males in the United States are diagnosed with Erectile Dysfunction (ED). It’s a common condition, but it can make sexual activity difficult and have other effects on one’s confidence and comfortability with sex. Not only does this mean a potential loss of intimacy, but it can affect the mental well-being of both partners. 

ED can affect marriages in a multitude of ways. A person with ED may struggle to get or maintain an erection, making some forms of sexual activities difficult or impossible. Some may still have sexual intercourse, but it might not be as enjoyable or as frequent as before the onset of the condition. 

For others, ED means a complete halt to all sexual activity. ED can make sufferers depressed, lack self-confidence, and even angry. 

There are many ways for men with ED to maintain healthy marriages and manage their condition. Today, we will discuss ED as well as ways to manage one’s ED and maintain a healthy and intimate sex life with their partner.

What Is Erectile Dysfunction? 

While a person can have difficulty getting an erection from time to time, if the symptom occurs frequently, it can mean that there’s a more serious underlying condition. 

People with certain medical conditions may face a higher risk for developing ED. These conditions include: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cardiovascular disease 
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol, tobacco, or drug use

Erectile Dysfunction Is Treatable 

Luckily, ED is treatable in many circumstances. Multiple effective treatments can restore sexual ability, and improve satisfaction in the relationship.

The downside to multiple treatments is that finding which treatment works for the individual patient may take time. This means both the person living with ED and their partner must be willing to accommodate and be patient and understand that treatment isn’t a perfectly linear path. 

Communication is Key 

ED may make sufferers feel like they need to pull away from their partner out of shame. Some take out their disappointment in their performance on their partner because of their frustration and embarrassment. 

This isn’t a great path to take, though, because it leads to resentment from both partners. The feelings of frustration and embarrassment that may accompany a diagnosis of ED aren’t just on one side of the relationship – one’s partner might feel like they’re no longer attractive or that it’s their fault. 

Communicating about your treatment plan and understanding that treatment isn’t linear will help preserve a healthy relationship in your marriage. 

Focus On Stress Relief 

However, one issue that comes with the medication is that it doesn’t work instantly. You and your partner will need to wait for the medication to kick in, which could mean extra stress. 

That stress, unfortunately, might be a hindrance to the medication in the first place. 

Stress can worsen ED, which means any treatment you try requires an open mind and—again—patience. The key is to take a step back and focus on spending time with your partner holistically. 

Feelings of closeness can be achieved without traditional sex. Kissing, hand-holding, and other means of physical intimacy can go a long way to helping you feel close with your partner and maintaining a great connection. 

Reconnecting with your partner on an emotional level and re-discovering sensations of physical connection can help prescribed medications do their job and help you achieve an erection. 

If medication is off the table for you, there are alternatives you can try to achieve a healthy sex life with your partner. Toys, pumps, prosthetics, and other options can all bring excitement and adventure to your sex life and open up new paths to enjoy intimacy with your partner. 

Pumps, however, can come with some less-than-desirable side effects. The same is true with many medications. For some people diagnosed with ED, medication is completely off-the-table due to the health complications it can cause. 

So, what do you do? 

Try NonMedErect

NonMedErect offers non-medical and non-surgical management for erectile dysfunction. Our highly qualified and experienced professionals offer an alternative solution to penile implant to restore intimacy when function is lost due to injury or a physical condition. 

Our innovative solution is based on a prosthesis design developed for US Army Soldiers who sustained catastrophic genital injuries on the battlefield. It is a prosthesis that straps to the body securely and comfortably, and after it was reviewed at a US Army Level 1 Trauma Center, it was given a favorable review by the Chief Genital Reconstruction Surgeon. 

NonMedErect is designed to move with the body, giving your partner a more natural sensation. This prosthesis is a favorable solution for men who have tried other medical treatments without success, but who are hesitant to undergo implant surgery. Since this is a non-medical device, you do not need a doctor’s prescription to purchase it. If you would like to hear more about our product, please contact us today, and our highly professional team will speak with you, and offer you assistance in confidence.