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Sexual Dysfunction-Phsycological?

Posted by Erin on August 04, 1999 at 21:21:07
My boyfriend has never been able to maintain and erection suitable for intercourse.  Dr's can find nothing wrong with him. He has high cholesterol (208) and one guessed at atherosclerosis (sp?).  Viagra only half worked, he tried a drug "cocktail" to be injected into the penis made up of different vasodialators and that didn't work either.  It worked in the Dr's office, not at home though.  Which leads me to believe it's phychological for some reason.  He has REFUSED (vehemently) to go to therapy, and I will leave him if we can't find a solution.  Though it's not something I want to do, I don't have any other choices.  We fight frequently about it...he feels I'm putting too much pressure on him, I feel he's being apathetic about the problem, though he says it bothers him.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by HFHS M.D.-SW on August 09, 1999 at 16:11:46

Dear Erin,
       Erectile Dysfunction has multiple causes.  A thorough evaluation by a physician is important to rule out medical causes.  If your boyfriend has erection when sleeping ( dreaming) then the cause would be more likely psychological.  Presssure is of no help and may probably worsen the condition.  Some sex therapists recommend postponing intercourse and concentrating on cuddling and carressing.
Your boyfriend should see a therapist in order to better understand issues that maybe troubling him.
This reply is provided as general information only.  Always consult your physician.
     HFHS M.D.-SW
*Keywords: Erectile Dysfunction

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