Male sexual impotence is often a complex disorder that must be treated with care and sensitivity. Many couples have trouble communicating their anxieties and worries about sexual impotence and how it is affecting their relationship. Research has shown that couples that are open, communicative, and committed to each other are most likely to find satisfactory treatment and resolve their sexual intimacy issues. What are the other types of relationship factors that can lead to successful treatment of impotence? Here are seven traits that healthy couples exhibit, and which can lead to successful treatment of impotence and other sexual intimacy issues.
1. Joint commitment to each other and the treatment process. Couples that are successful in dealing with sexual impotence and other intimacy issues are committed to each other. Their relationship boasts a strong commitment to each other, and this commitment is often transferred to the treatment process.
2. A history of working together and problem solving. As a couple, how have you dealt with problems affecting your relationship in the past? Do you tend to ignore a problem, or deal with it head-on? Do you accuse each other, or work together to identify and solve the problem? Think about how you usually deal with problems as a couple. If working together and problem solving has not been a part of your relationship, it’s time to reconsider how you approach a problem as a couple.
3. How willing are you to have an open and frank discussion about sex? Many couples are unwilling to have an open dialogue about sex. Perhaps one partner feels that they don’t want to embarrass the other, or they are afraid of coming off as accusatory. Communication is key to treating sexual impotence. Each partner should strive to speak to the other with honesty, tact and warmth about any sexual intimacy problems that may arise as part of the relationship.
4. Are you willing to learn more about impotence as a couple? Male sexual impotence is not a “man’s” problem that one partner should have to solve on their own. Couples who learn about impotence and explore treatment options together are more likely to persevere until they have received satisfactory treatment. Both partners should be equally invested in this learning process and must be willing to seek out treatment as a couple.
5. Did you enjoy a healthy sexual relationship as a couple before sexual intimacy problems arose in the relationship? Couples who have sustained a long-term, healthy and open sexual relationship in the past are better armed to deal with problems that may arise in the future. Think about your sexual relationship history and determine whether you are ready to seek out treatment as a couple.
6. Are you still sexually attracted to each other? Couples who say they are still sexually attracted to each other are much more likely to seek out treatment for impotence and achieve satisfactory results. If each partner is still committed to the other and is invested in maintaining a vibrant sexual life, satisfactory treatment is more likely.