All types of cancer affect one's quality of life in a certain way. Prostate cancer is not different, but in this case, it affects one of the most sensitive areas in men—their intimacy and sexual lives. After prostate cancer treatment, one may be worried about their ability to be intimate and meet their partner's needs. The truth is, this is a genuine concern. That's because of the risks that surround prostate cancer treatment, be it surgery or radiation. That's why you need to know the following so that you can be prepared for what lies ahead after the procedure.
Erectile dysfunction is a possibility
It is possible for one to suffer from erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment. First, when undergoing surgery, nerves in the male reproductive system can get damaged, and this may cause you not to achieve an erection during intimacy. However, note that the chances of this happening highly depend on the the tech used. Chances of nerve damage is lower during robotic prostate cancer surgery as compared to other forms of surgery.
Patients who opt for radiation may also experience side effects due to the reduction of male hormones in the body. That's why you need to have a sit-down with your surgeon, evaluate the treatment options and find the one whose potential risks and side effects you are willing to face.
You need your partner's support
Having your partners support before, during and after the treatment is paramount for your recovery. First, have them in your appointments so that they can hear what the surgeon has to say. This will also help you and your partner ask intimacy questions that would otherwise not have come up if you went in alone. Also, remember that even though you don't have erectile dysfunction, your intimacy life will be affected the first few weeks after treatment. When your partner knows this, they can offer the much-needed support to promote quick recovery.
Exercise is paramount
Some men may find that they have a hard time controlling their urine or achieving satisfaction during intimacy. This may have to do with how the body responds to stimulation after the surgery. It would be a good idea to engage in exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles. Doing so will improve urine control and enhance intimacy. However, if erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems persist, don't hesitate to consider oral medication.
It is essential to understand these often-unspoken issues about prostate cancer, as they will affect your quality of life after treatment. This way you can go into the treatment enlightened and ready to tackle any risks that may arise.Share
29 June 2018
Hello, my name is Catherine and this is my blog all about health and medical topics. I was inspired to start this blog by my husband who works in a hospital. He isn't a doctor, he works in a lab testing blood samples. However, he is extremely interested in medicine. When his grandma got sick, he quickly established what might be wrong and got her all the help she needed. Sometimes is the evening, we sit and read textbooks and talk about medicine. It sounds insane but we both really like it. I decided to start this blog to show off some of what I have learnt.