I love using my blog to voice topics that don't tend to get as much recognition or coverage as they should do. Until now, I've not really spoken much about sexual health or sex full stop. I think there's still that attitude that anything to do with sex is still a little taboo, a little 'oh gosh am I the only one who doesn't find sex talk a little awkward'. Personally, I feel like I can be pretty open about talking all things sexy time but there's still an atmosphere.
So when LloydsPharmacy wanted to share some advice on giving support to those closest regarding sexual health, I thought it was important to share it with you, my readers. I also realised that my readers are mainly women aged 18-35 so I think we're all adult enough to take this stuff seriously.
If your partner’s going through tough times, you might be feeling the strain too. Seeing someone you love upset and stressed can be difficult to deal with, and you might also worry that you’re not doing enough to help. With this in mind, here are some tips that should make it easier for you to support your partner through this difficult period.
Be a good listener
Listening is just as important - in fact sometimes even more important - than chipping in with suggestions and comments. So, if your partner wants to talk, be willing to simply lend an ear. By encouraging them to speak and not interrupting them or trying to steer the conversation, you can let your other half get some important things off their chest that they might otherwise keep bottled up.
Offer practical advice
It’s also a good idea to get clued up on the problem your partner has so that you’re able to offer practical, constructive advice when they want it. This can be especially important if they’re embarrassed or anxious about the issue and may be reluctant to research it themselves. For example, if your partner has a sexual problem, like erectile dysfunction, it’s useful to get the facts so that you can send them in the right direction when it comes to discovering the cause and finding a suitable treatment.
It’s important to be aware that erectile dysfunction can be a sign of an underlying health issue, so if you partner’s experiencing this, they should get themselves checked out by a doctor. It’s also worth noting that there are a range of treatments available. As well as the best known medicine Viagra, there are alternatives such as Sildenafil. This medicine contains the same active ingredient as Viagra and it’s cheaper. You can get prescriptions for Sildenafil in the UK from reputable providers online.
Whether it’s a health concern, a financial matter or anything else, having useful facts to hand could help your partner take practical steps to work through their problem.
We all react to stress and anxiety differently, so you’ll need to be patient when you’re dealing with your partner. They might not do things exactly as you would, and you might find yourself getting frustrated with their approach. Try not to let this show though. If you lose your temper and reveal that you’re angry or disappointed, you could make your partner feel even worse, and this could lead to a vicious circle.
Find ways to lighten the mood
Your partner may find it difficult to take their mind off the thing that’s bothering them, but with a little imagination, you should be able to lighten the mood a little. Suggesting different activities, whether it’s going to the cinema, talking a stroll or - if your budget will stretch to it - heading off on a relaxing mini-break, could help to cut stress levels and put a smile back on your other half’s face.
You might not be able to solve your partner’s problems yourself, but by following advice like this, you’ll at least be able to ensure you offer the support they need.
I hope this has helped a few of my readers and if you are currently in this situation yourself or are suffering from any other sexual health problem, don’t ignore it. Make sure you treat it to avoid any further problems and for any advice, visit the LloydsPharmacy website here.
*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with LloydsPharmac.
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