How to talk to your partner
Many men with Peyronie’s disease are anxious about the appearance of their penis, for obvious reasons. Some might feel worried about not being able to satisfy their partner or even fathering a child, due to difficulties having intercourse. The loss of intimacy and the relationship problems due to Peyronie’s disease can strongly affect one’s psychological well-being.1,2 That is why it is important to be open about these feelings, however difficult it might be. Here are some tips/guidelines for talking to your partner about Peyronie’s disease.
Talk, involve, resolve
- Explain to your partner what Peyronie’s disease is and be as thorough as possible. Preconceptions about different diseases are bound to create confusion and unnecessary misunderstandings.
- Involve your partner in how your condition makes you feel, physically, emotionally and sexually.
- Try to resolve the problem together. It’s a good idea to involve your partner in every step of the process of getting help, from finding different techniques for having sex to going to doctor's appointments.
- Ryan CA. Peyronie’s Disease from a Partner’s Perspective. 27 Jun 2012.
- Rosen R et al. J Sex Med. 2008;5:1977-1984.