If a man repeatedly experiences difficulty achieving or maintaining erections, he should not despair. In the last ten years much has been learned about treating erectile problems. The first step is to contact a competent urologist who can perform the necessary diagnostic tests to determine if medical factors are contributing to the problem.
In addition to a thorough urological evaluation, the man and his partner should consult a psychotherapist who specializes in sexual therapy.
Regardless of the origins of the erectile problem (medical, psychological, or in some cases both), as with any change in normal functioning, there can be an emotional impact on the man and his partner. Through counseling, the unspoken fears and misunderstandings of both partners can be explored, resulting in improved self-esteem and better communication.
Copyright 2002 Sinclair Intimacy Institute