Posted on: 31 August, 2019
A survey of 129 adult partners of men with erectile dysfunction found high levels of relationship stress and a general lack of communication. Over 30 million men in the United States have erectile dysfunction. The impact goes beyond the physical... ED can have a profound effect on a man's confidence, self-esteem, and quality of life. In some cases it can trigger anxiety and depression. Erectile dysfunction can also have a profound impact on the partners of men with ED, and this impact is seldom studied or discussed. A survey of adult partners of men with ED found that a significant majority of respondents experienced some impact of a major impact on their confidence, overall happiness, and feelings about their relationship. Methodology A survey instrument consisting of 21 questions was presented online. 152 participants began the survey, but 23 did not complete the survey, or were disqualified, leaving a 129 valid responses. Results Partners of men with ED were more open that their spouses to talking about ED, exploring alternate means of sexual satisfaction, and getting help from a counselor, therapist or intimacy coach. Because of feelings of embarrassment and shame, men are often uncomfortable talking about their condition or seeking help. This often compounds the emotional issues faced by their partners, who often feel isolated and hopeless. Almost two-thirds (63.5%) of partners of men with ED were very interested in exploring ways to improve their sex lives, suggesting a strong opportunity for intimacy coaches and counselors. In addition to quantitative questions, the survey presented open-ended questions which allowed participants to express their feelings and concerns. These responses show the extreme distress of those in relationships with men suffering from ED. A few of the responses are shown below: The majority of participants stated that their man does not understand the impact of ED on their relationship. To download the complete study, visit The Impact of Erectile Dysfunction on Partners of Men with ED Source: Free Articles from ArticlesFactory.com The study was published by the ED Treatment Information Center in December, 2018.