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Introduction Research has demonstrated that erectile dysfunction (ED) is a couple's problem, and that treatment for this condition is likely to impact on the man and his partner. Aim The current study utilized a qualitative approach to evaluate the impact of treatment for ED on the female partner's perception of changes in the relationship. Main Outcome Measures Analyses of the transcripts from the interviews. Methods In total, 96 men were treated for ED using tadalafil and then sildenafil (or vice versa) each for 3 months. Their female partners were interviewed 3 months after the commencement of treatment. Results The findings demonstrated an overall positive effect of the treatment. Female partners perceived improvements in emotional closeness, and communication, and reported that their relationship was more loving, less stressful, and more stable. Conclusions This study demonstrates the positive effects of treatment for ED on the female partner; in particular, on her perception of the quality of her relationship.


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