Talking to your partner

For suggestions on how to start the conversation with your partner about your erectile dysfunction (ED) or the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), select a tab below.

Discussing ED with your partner

Talking with your partner about ED may not be easy, but it can be helpful — for both of you. If you and your partner avoid the conversation, neither of you can know what the other is thinking and feeling. For many men, ED is a condition that is treatable.

You should be open and honest, as well as sensitive toward your partner's own needs and questions. Remember to stick to the facts and try to think and talk about ED as the medical problem that it is. That way, you'll both gain a better understanding of what you're going through, and what to expect, as a couple.

You may want to reassure your partner that your ED is not her fault, and that your condition may be caused by a medical issue.

Here are suggestions on how to start the conversation with your partner

  • "I wonder if one of the medicines I take could be causing the problems I'm having when we try to have intercourse?"
  • "Do you think I could have ED? I thought the problems I've been having would just go away, but they haven't"
  • "I've heard that ED can be a warning sign of another health condition. Maybe I should get this checked out by my healthcare provider"
  • "Have you noticed that I haven't been getting the results I was hoping for from my ED medication? It might be time for something different"
  • "You know those ads for CIALIS on TV? Maybe we should find out more"
  • "I've been thinking about trying out a daily treatment for my ED. What do you think about a free trial of CIALIS for daily use?"

Discussing the signs and symptoms of BPH with your partner

While it may not be as sensitive a topic as ED, having the symptoms of BPH may also be a condition you feel uncomfortable about, but you should still involve your partner in discussions about treatment.

Keep your partner in the loop about what it is you are experiencing. Explain to your partner that just like ED, BPH is a condition that may be caused by a medical issue.

ED and the signs and symptoms of BPH are treatable conditions. Take action. Talk with your partner, meet with your healthcare provider, and find out if CIALIS is right for you.

CIALIS for daily use (5 mg) is approved for the treatment of men with both ED and the signs and symptoms of BPH. The recommended starting dose of CIALIS for daily use for the treatment of ED is 2.5 mg. Do not take CIALIS more than one time each day.

Here are suggestions on how to start the conversation with your partner

  • "All these frequent trips to the bathroom are bothering me. Should I ask my healthcare provider about them?"
  • "Have you ever heard of something called BPH? I'd like to learn more about it"

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