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    Erectile dysfunction takes more than a physical toll. The emotional impact the condition can have on a man and his partner can be just as difficult. It is common for men with ED to feel anger, frustration, sadness, or lack confidence. However, the condition can be treated. The first step in addressing your concerns about ED is to be honest with yourself, your partner, and your doctor. Once ED has been brought out into the open, coping with it as you go through treatment will be easier and less stressful. Communication is essential to a successful diagnosis and treatment, as well as, helping your partner understand your feelings.

    While you are being treated for ED, it is important to be patient with your progress and keep in mind that everybody is different and that a treatment that might work for one person may not work or be appropriate for you. It is also important to know that the treatment you choose may not work the first time or may not work every time.

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    For some couples, sex therapy may be necessary to help you and your partner cope. It may also help you to hear from some men who have ED and learn about their experiences. Contact your doctor about local support groups in your area.

     

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    Reviewed by Charles E. Jennings, MD on September 12, 2013
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