For the Partner

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Erectile dysfunction, impotence, doesn't only affect men, it also affects partners of men like you. That's why it's so very important to keep the lines of communication between you and him open. You may already know from experience that erectile dysfunction (impotence) can be a difficult subject for some men. But the truth is, erectile dysfunction (impotence) is very common. About 30 million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction (impotence) in some way. Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is nothing to feel embarrassed about or ashamed of.

The big myth is that erectile dysfunction (impotence) is all in his mind. In most cases, erectile dysfunction (impotence) is associated with a treatable medical condition. As his partner, you are in a unique position to encourage him to seek treatment for erectile dysfunction (impotence) and support him through what can be a difficult time for some men.

One treatment option for erectile dysfunction (impotence) is Viagra - a pill produced by Pfizer that taken an hour before sexual activity that helps most men obtain an erection in response to sexual stimulation. By letting him know that Viagra and other medications are out there to help him, you can help your partner take action. Let him know that you support him, are interested in his treatment and are willing to participate in all manners that will help him find a solution.

More: how impotency affects relationships.



next: National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Impotence Conference Statement

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Staff, H. (2008, December 7). For the Partner, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: April 9, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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