Being an FTM Transgender Man is not easy. You are faced with a plethora of challenges personally, sexually, and socially. When it comes to relationships, things can get even more complicated. However, this does not mean you should avoid them. You have sexual and romantic needs and to fulfill them, you must know how to combat some of the challenges that come with relationships. Whether you are dating another trans person or a cisgender person, you should be aware of the potential bumps you could experience. Below are some tips that will help you have a smooth relationship with your partner.
Treat Your Transitioning Process and Relationship Differently
Many FTM transgender guys make the mistake of letting the transition process take over their relationship. Even though it is understandable that the transitioning period can be very demanding, it is important to make sure that it does not mess with your relationship. When you let your transitioning process consume all your thoughts and energy, your relationship will become bland and unfulfilling.
Even though your partner may be willing to support you during your transitioning period, you shouldn’t let all your conversations be about one topic. It can be rather frustrating for your partner if all your conversations are only about you and your situation. Your partner also needs to be listened to and cared for in order to make your relationship work.
Avoid Stereotypical Masculine Behavior
While it is important to embrace your masculinity, it is equally important to not go overboard. You could end up damaging a relationship by taking your masculine behavior and actions too far. Stereotypical masculine behaviors, such as refusing to do chores or avoiding the display of vulnerabilities, will only have a negative impact on your relationship. Sharing your emotions with your partner does not make you any less of a man. Opening up to your partner will, in fact, make your relationship stronger.
Communicate Your Sexual Concerns
Communication is crucial on so many different levels. If you want to be intimate with your partner, it is important that you communicate accordingly. A good way to accomplish this is to directly tell your partner what turns you on or off during sex. Communicate with your partner about which body parts you like touched and which ones are off-limits. It is important you have this conversation before the two of you hit the sack. Even though such talk may not be romantic or sexy, it is important because it will lead to more satisfying sex and a better relationship.
Walk Away If the Relationship Is Not Working
Relationships are supposed to be safe havens. If you find your relationship is not providing you with the love and support you need, walk away. Never make the mistake of hanging around in an abusive relationship. It will only mess with your self-esteem and prevent you from living your life to the fullest. It is better to walk away with a broken heart than to let a relationship break you as a person.
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