After a prostate cancer diagnosis and radical prostatectomy, some couples may wonder if their sex life will ever return to what it once was. Although sex after prostate surgery may present unique challenges, fortunately, many couples are able to resume satisfying and enjoyable intimate relationships.
If you or someone you love has or will have radical prostatectomy, here are a few ways to prepare for sex after surgery.
Understand the Possibilities
Although nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy has improved the quality of sex after prostate surgery, the possible sexual changes after surgery are often not adequately discussed, including erectile dysfunction, climacturia, and urine leaking during sex. The younger a patient is at the time of surgery, the less likely he is to be affected by sexual dysfunction after surgery. Regardless of age, understanding the challenges you may encounter will help you be more prepared for and less intimidated by them.
Treatment Options for ED
Erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery can be treated in a number of ways, depending on what is best for your situation. There are more ED treatment options available today than ever before, including penile injections, implants, and oral medications.
Climacturia, or leaking urine during orgasm, is often prevented by the use of a variable tension penile loop, a soft silicone tube placed around the penis and adjusted to provide comfortable pressure on the urethra to physically prevent leaking urine during sex. UroSciences offers the UroStop™, a penile loop specifically designed to reduce the frequency, amount of leakage, and distress associate with climacturia or experiencing a urine leak during sex.
A Note on Patience
Restoring active and satisfying intimate relationships after prostate cancer requires a considerable amount of time. While some may attempt intercourse with the aid of prescription medication in the early months, it is common for erectile dysfunction and sexual incontinence to persist throughout the first couple of years after prostate surgery.
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