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Tips for Discussing Premature Ejaculation with Your Partner*

It can be tricky to discuss sex, even with your own partner. Men’s sexual health problems like premature ejaculation can further complicate matters. Whether you are the man experiencing premature ejaculation or this problem is affecting your partner, it’s important to keep in mind that premature ejaculation is a medical problem, not a reflection of sexual prowess. For medical help in overcoming premature ejaculation, consider visiting a men’s sexual health clinic in Houston. couple ignoring each other while standing back to back

Tips for Affected Men

Premature ejaculation can be embarrassing, but there’s no point in trying to avoid talking about it. Your partner almost certainly already knows about it. Understand that your partner may want to talk to you about it, but doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. It may be up to you to take the first step. You may wish to visit a men’s health specialist before discussing the issue with your partner. This allows you to get the information you need, explore the underlying causes, and even get started on your treatment. Being proactive about your sexual health may give you the boost of confidence you need to start the discussion. It’s also a useful icebreaker. You could say to your partner, “Hey honey. I don’t mean to alarm you, but I saw the doctor recently and here’s what he had to say about this problem I’ve been having.” You might be surprised at how much relief you feel when you finally discuss your sexual health issues.

Tips for Partners

For partners of men with premature ejaculation, broaching this topic of conversation can be especially difficult. You’re likely concerned about the possibility of hurting your partner’s feelings, creating awkwardness in the relationship, or perhaps even starting an argument. Choose your words carefully; you need to avoid saying anything that might sound judgmental. You might say something like, “I’ve noticed there seems to be extra tension in the bedroom lately. Is there anything you want to talk about?” It’s also a good idea to learn more about this men’s health issue before discussing it. For example, you might say, “I’ve read that some sexual health issues can be caused by medical problems like hormonal imbalances or even thyroid dysfunction. I’m concerned about your health. Can we talk about this?” Even though anxiety and stress are major causes of premature ejaculation, your partner may be more willing to talk about it if you emphasize the physical health problems that can cause it.

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