The Link Between ED and Prostate Cancer Treatment
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a potential complication after prostate cancer treatment. Sexual dysfunction after radical prostatectomy affects 25-75% of men.10
A Sex Life after Prostate Cancer
Nerve Sparing Recovery
Which Comes First
The return to normal sexual function after prostate cancer treatment depends on your sex life before surgery, a supportive partner, the stage of your cancer, and the surgery itself. Many men begin to see a return to normal erections within 3 to 6 months of prostate cancer treatment.
Other men find that their erections do not return. Should ED persist, there are treatment options for every man.11
Your ED treatment may actually start before surgery with oral medications. A penis pump may be added after surgery to help increase blood flow to your penis during recovery. If ED persists, the penile implant may be an option. The implant is concealed inside the body. It offers support for an erection whenever and wherever desired.
Many patients find support from these organisations helpful during recovery after prostate cancer treatment. They may even have a support group in your area.
ED and Prostate Cancer Surgery
A complete prostatectomy is the complete removal of the prostate gland due to prostate cancer. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by damage to the nerves during surgery.
What You Need To Know
Recovery Takes Time
What does recovery mean to you? Some men define it as return to confident sex.14 It is common for men to start with oral medications before or after surgery. However, Some medication may be effective in ONLY 30-60% of men after radical prostatectomy.10
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