Male sexual impotence can be a difficult condition to treat for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, impotence is difficult to treat because of an underlying physical condition. However, other times sexual impotence can be difficult to treat because of the sensitive nature of the problem. Interpersonal relationships may suffer because of male sexual impotence in many ways. Because of its sensitive nature, male sexual impotence can often provoke couples to behave in ways that only exacerbate the condition. If you or your partner is suffering from sexual impotence, here are four behaviors you should avoid. Interpersonal relationships between adults should be open and communicative. Avoiding certain types of behaviors can help ensure that your relationship remains healthy and open as you discuss your options for treatment.
1. Ignoring the problem. Many couples simply ignore the issue of sexual impotence in their relationship. Perhaps they hope that the problem will simply fade dissipate on its own, although this is very rare. In order to find effective treatment, the problem of sexual impotence must be approached head-on with honesty and sensitivity. Simply refusing to discuss the condition does not guarantee that it will go away; in fact, the opposite is almost always true. Be honest about your relationship and your sexual needs. Denying that there is a problem will only contribute to tension in your relationship.
2. Avoiding a sexual relationship or sexual situations. Another unhealthy behavior that many couples take when dealing with sexual impotence is to avoid sexual situations altogether. Men in particular may feel ashamed and avoid sexual situations to avoid the awkwardness and embarrassment of failure to perform. Sometimes the prospect of sexual impotence may be too much to bear for either partner, and sexual affection may be withheld as a result. This behavior is unhealthy and dishonest. Each partner takes responsibility for the state of their relationship, and seeks treatment in order to regain control over the intimacy in their relationship.
3. Confusing or double messages sent by one partner to the other. Many couples find themselves unprepared for discussing the issue of sexual impotence with maturity and honesty. This may lead to confusion and double messages. Many times, the female partner may not be expressing her feelings openly, causing the male partner to feel confused about her needs and thoughts. Avoid confusion and sending double messages by taking the time to discuss the problem openly. Both partners should resist sending vague or ambivalent messages to the other. Rather, they should both take responsibility of the health of their relationship, and speak openly about their concerns.
4. Using substances to relieve the effects of sexual impotence. Unfortunately, some individuals mistakenly believe that they can find relief from the symptoms of sexual impotence by taking substances such as drugs and alcohol. While some people believe that these substances can help quell the anxieties associated with sexual impotence, in reality these behaviors are unhealthy and may lead to greater problems in the long run, in both physical and psychological terms.