Sometimes sexual dysfunction can create strains or conflicts in your relationship, and it can be frustrating for both partners. One of the most important things you can do is have an open conversation with your partner so they can support you on your journey, and work as a team on your communication and intimacy.
Our resident doctor, Dr Chopra, has provided some useful tips for communication and intimacy in relationships.
Open up the conversation about your symptoms
Sitting your partner down and talking to them about what you’re experiencing can be a great first step. They can help you navigate next steps and keep you on track with treatment, and it’s always helpful to have someone in your corner. The more they understand about the condition and how they can help, the less it becomes an obstacle in your relationship.
Understand what your partner enjoys
Go back to basics, and understand what your partner enjoys in the bedroom, and what you do too. Sometimes a conversation about what you would like to do can give you some new ideas and become closer with your partner. Start off by asking your partner “Is there anything you have always wanted to try?” or “What type of things do you enjoy doing together?”
Discover other methods
There are plenty of other ways you and your partner can both be happy in the bedroom. Mutual masturbation or oral stimulation can help you and your partner learn what you both enjoy. You can also use sex toys, such as vibrators, to stimulate each other.
Share your treatment journey with your partner
If you decide to speak to a health professional, and you should if it is affecting your daily life, it can be helpful to share your treatment options with your partner to decide what will be best for the both of you as a couple. That way, you can share the journey together and they can help you stick with your treatment plan.
Consider speaking with a couple’s therapist or psychologist
You and your partner don’t have to tackle things alone, and it’s completely normal to seek professional help to navigate. A mental health professional can give you strategies and ways to overcome any intimacy issues you might be having together.
Keep conversation open, always!
The more you can keep your partner in the loop, the more they can help you in your journey.
Sexual dysfunction is more common than you think.
If it’s affecting your daily life there is help available. Ready to find out more about Optimale Health? Call us directly on (02) 8610 1888 or take our questionnaire here.