For those in relationships and those who are single, February can be a dreaded month. Not only can the prospect of Valentine’s Day result in a lot of stress, the pressure to have a perfect evening may also be upsetting for men and women.

Couples often find the pressure of making the day extra special particularly daunting. Whether you’ve been married for a number of years, have just entered a new relationship or have scheduled a date with someone new, this issue never seems to go away.

Here we highlight how couples can avoid some of the worries of Valentine’s Day and enjoy Cupid’s presence for all the right reasons.

For him

For men, in particular, Valentine’s Day that brings with it the stress and strain of needing to impress. The anticipation of spending an evening with a partner can bring its own worries. Pressure to perform in the bedroom is a common problem amongst men of all ages, and according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the NHS, 1 in 10 men experience some form of sexual dysfunction on a regular basis.

Male sexual problems are a common occurrence among men of all ages and sexualities. But with the right advice you can overcome or manage the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence), premature ejaculation and loss of libido so your Valentine’s night can go ahead as planned. Impotence can be a particularly embarrassing problem especially when entering into a new relationship, whilst premature ejaculation can be equally disconcerting. However, it’s important to recognise that ignoring issues like impotence, premature ejaculation and libido loss won’t make them go away, in fact the added anxiety can exacerbate these issues even further.

Make the most of Valentine’s Day — and every day for that matter — by tackling the problem head on. Your GP and pharmacist is there to assist you by providing advice, reassurance and, in some cases, prescription medication to handle your issue. This may include treatments such as Generic Sildenafil or its branded counterpart, Viagra.

Most importantly of all, men should be aware of how widespread and normal these issues are – and how a more relaxed approach can actually benefit an experience in the bedroom.

For her

Women may also feel the pressure to impress when spending some one-on-one time with their partner on Valentine’s Day. Among the most frequent concerns is the possibility of mother nature calling with a period during the most romantic day of the year. While a period itself is completely natural and should be understood by a caring partner, there are times when you may wish to delay the inevitable. If you suffer from particularly heavy periods that result in cramps and severe mood swings, it is possible to take control of your menstrual cycle by using Norethisterone – a prescription medication that contains a hormone similar to the body’s own progestogen.

It should be noted, however, that if you regularly experience heavy, painful periods you should contact your GP or a trained pharmacist. There are several conditions that can contribute to chronic period pains and increased bleeding, including polycystic ovary syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism, endometrial or cervical polyps.

The use of the coil, anticoagulants and chemotherapy medication can also cause heavy, painful periods. If you suffer from extreme period pain, you may want alleviate painful cramps with medication like Mefenamic Acid, as well as working with your GP to establish the cause and manage the problem.

For all

Valentine’s Day and other relationship milestones can be filled with expectation. However, it is always crucial to remember that hiding a problem or allowing oneself to become anxious is not a solution. It is always far better to be open and seek a solution to a problem rather than letting it cause further issues. Communication between partners is vital and by making sure you are both on the same page before the big day you can avoid disappointment and ease worries in the process. Remember, no matter how much you want to impress on Valentine’s Day, it is just a normal day, which you can make special without the pressure.

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