Heterosexual Women and the Subject of Erectile Dysfunction

The Demonized Other

Sadly, there is an overwhelming number of both men and women in heterosexual relationships  who think that erectile dysfunction is primarily an issue that comes from decreased desire in the man for the woman in the relationship.  This, then, leads to insecurity (in both the men experiencing it, and the woman they are with), which inevitably leads into arguments and worse.

In fact, it was one of the reasons I was celibate for 12 years of my marriage.  Because my ex lives in a constant state of stress due to his mental illness, it is not surprising that he started experiencing it at a fairly young age. The bad part of it is that he blamed me for the impotence, and I sadly took the responsibility for it.

By age 40, 5% of the male population experiences ED, and it only goes up to 17% (thankfully for those of us…

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