O'Connor, E. J, McCabe, M. P, Conaglen, H. M & Conaglen, JP. (2011). Attitudes and experiences: Qualitative perspectives on erectile dysfunction from the female partner. Journal of Health Psychology,17(1), 3-13. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105311404723
This study explored the woman’s experience of her partner’s erectile dysfunction (ED) focusing particularly on sexual experiences, relationship satisfaction, and communication. One hundred women completed a semistructured interview, providing information about how ED impacted her relationship with her partner. For some women, there was a sense of hopelessness and frustration surrounding their sex lives, while for others, her partner’s ED had led to efforts towards increasing non-physical intimacy and sexual communication. These findings demonstrate the importance of the relationship, including communication between the partners, in a women’s experience of her partners’ ED.
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