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Sex after prostate cancer – Requires persistence and patience

Sex after prostate cancer can be deeply satisfying, but it may be different than it was before. If your loved one did not have any erection problems before treatment, he was probably able to become aroused without any touching or direct stimulation.  That may change after treatment.  Scroll down this entire page for links to …

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Penile rehabilitation – Can it help?

The goal of penile rehabilitation is to stimulate blood flow to the penis right after radical prostatectomy to help improve sexual function. During radical prostatectomy, delicate nerves that play an important role in the health of penile tissue may be: Removed Damaged Traumatized Damage or trauma can occur when the surgeon divides the nerves to gain …

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Prostate cancer and impotence – How men feel about it

When it comes to prostate cancer and impotence, we would never profess to understand how all men think. But we can share insights about what men may be feeling when faced with partial or complete loss of erectile dysfunction (ED) and loss of libido (sexual desire) based on literature about recent research. Setting the stage It’s important …

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Sexual problems after prostate cancer – Insights for wives/partners

Many couples struggle with sexual problems following treatment for prostate cancer. We interviewed Rhonda Fine, PhD, ARNP, MSN, Board Certified Clinical Sex Therapist with The Krongrad Institute, and Diplomate of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists.  Here are her helpful insights. What emotions do men experience with prostate cancer, even before sexual problems occur? “No one is …

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Self-pleasuring and mutual masturbation – May re-engage your sex life

In this interview, Alicia B. Saunders, PhD discusses ways to help couples enhance their sex life when impotence or loss of libido is a problem after prostate cancer treatment, including mutual masturbation. Dr. Saunders is a leading authority on sexual issues who has appeared on ABC’s “The View” and was interviewed by Barbara Walters on “Sexual …

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Orgasms after prostate cancer – Will they change?

Orgasms (also called climax) after prostate cancer treatment may feel different. In one study that followed men after retropubic radical prostatectomy: 37% of men reported that they had a decreased intensity when climaxing after treatment 4% of men experienced more intense climaxes Other possible changes It may be harder for a man to achieve climax after …

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Penetrative sex after prostate cancer – A researcher’s perspective

Dr. Jo-an Baldwin Peters has a BSc. in Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy), a MSc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a PhD in Health Care Administration. Her dissertation was titled: The loss of normal intercourse after treatment for prostate cancer. The impact on the sexuality of both partners. She is the wife of a prostate survivor and came …

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Sensate focus exercises – For prostate cancer problems

Sensate focus exercises may be a way to develop a new kind of intimacy when erection problems occur after treatment for prostate cancer. Originally developed by Masters & Johnson, these exercises are typically done in stages over a period of several weeks. How they start One person starts as the “giver” or “toucher” and the …

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Talking to a sex therapist – May help couples cope

Consulting with a professional sex therapist may be a safe way to discuss some of the problems that can occur with prostate cancer treatment, including: Impotence or erectile dysfunction Loss of libido (sexual desire) Communication issues These problems may be magnified if one partner is unwilling or afraid to talk about problems within the relationship. …

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