Top tips for coping with difficult conversations about your sex life

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Need to talk about erectile dysfunction or unsatisfying sex? Take a look at this advice...

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A new survey has shown that it takes couples six months to discuss serious sexual issues like erectile dysfunction. These sort of conversations are almost impossible, but it's essential to sort out your issues and avoid a build-up of tension, anger and resentment.

To help couples communicate about their issues, sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox has developed a guide on how to address the 'elephant in your bedroom'.

Are you ready to tackle your problems head on? Take a look at the top eight conversation tips in the gallery below...



If the issue you're dealing with is erectile dysfunction, it's worth approaching the issue with even more sensitivity.

It's guaranteed to make him feel less 'manly' and wreck his self-esteem. If he's not very good at expressing emotion, sex is probably how he's telling you he loves you. When this stops he might be worried you'll look for love (and hence sex) somewhere else.

He might react angrily to any attempts to talk about his manhood problems, but this is probably a reflection of his own frustration and insecurity. One in ten men are affected, so remind his his problems are far from unusual.

Reassurance, affection and a promise that you're not going to ditch him, should help him come to terms with the issue.

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