Prostate Cancer and
The connection between
sexuality and the development of certain gynecological cancers are well established. For example, having many partners or
unprotected sex increases the risk of a woman for cervical cancer due to HPV infection, which is transmitted
during unsafe sex, and cause the development of precancerous cervical lesions.
However, no real association
between prostate cancer
and sexually transmitted disease has been demonstrated yet.
On the contrary, it seems
having lots of safe sex reduces the risk of this disease, according to different studies on
and sex. But what about the sex life of men who
have been already diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer?
Dysfunction and Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer and sex drive reduction is a common topic on the
internet and doctor’s clinic. Not only the disease but as well as its treatment can dramatically affect the
sexuality of the patient by causing erectile dysfunction, pain, lack of pleasure. How to have great sex after prostate
It is no doubt
that prostate cancer
causes erectile dysfunction. But many men continue to
maintain strong emotional ties and have a satisfying sex life after diagnosis and treatment. If sexual
problems occur after treatment, there are different therapeutic procedures to improve or overcome
them. In general, common
and sex problems include: ejaculation
problem, decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction.
After radical prostatectomy, most men
suffer from dry orgasm, they are unable to ejaculate.
Transurethral resection of the prostate
causes retrograde ejaculation, the expulsion of semen enter into the bladder where it mixes with urine,
rather than being expelled by the penis during ejaculation and orgasm.
This is due to an enlargement or expansion of the
sphincter located at the opening of the bladder; the sphincter can no longer close during
Retrograde ejaculation is not painful.
It does not damage the bladder, but it can cause male infertility if not
Prostate cancer erectile dysfunction can be the result of the therapy. For instance,
men treated with hormone
therapy can maintain their ability to have erection and orgasm, but they, nonetheless, have
low sexual desire.
It is a side effect of the treatment; therefore, to successfully treat the decreased
libido the treatment must
be stopped or associated an anti erectile
Erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer are two disorders disliked by
100% of men. Patients need to treat the tumor not
only to save their live but to also fully enjoy their sex life. Yet, impotence tends to come after the
therapy. In some patients erectile
dysfunction following prostate cancer treatment cause as much pain as the cancer itself.
The prostate cancer treatment can damage
nerves and blood vessels essential to have and maintain a normal erection. Change in hormone levels can also
lead to the problem. The causes are broad. In addition to the cancer therapies (surgery, radiation therapy,
hormone therapy…), these factors can also cause erectile dysfunction in prostate cancer patients:
Aging (impotence increases
cirrhosis of the
Injury to the
low testosterone, or thyroid
antihypertensives, heart medications, sleeping pills, antidepressants;
anxiety related to sexual
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Today, different types of
treatment for erectile dysfunction are available on the market. Some require a prescription from a
health professional others do not.
Drugs may be prescribed to treat disorders of mild to moderate erection problems. These medications improve
erection and lead to better blood flow to the penis. They should be taken about an hour
before sex, and erection can last up to an hour or more. Always talk to a health professional for
contraindications. Some anti erectile dysfunction drugs should not be taken together with certain other
medications. Drugs commonly prescribed as ED
treatment include Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil(Cialis), and Levitra
Nevertheless, not only
these medications can cause serious side effects (include heart attack), they may not be effective for some
men treated for prostate cancer.
Injections and Suppositories -
Erectile dysfunction treatment may also include injections such as alprostadil. This medication works by widening
(dilation) blood vessels, thus improving blood flow to the penis. It keeps the blood in the penis and produces an
erection. The erection can occur right after
injection of the drug and can last up to 90 minutes.
Alprostadil may be taken in the form
• small frozen pellet (suppository)
inserted into the urethra using a special applicator;
• intracavernosal injection of a medicament, in the side of the penis using a fine
Erectile dysfunction following prostate cancer may also be treated with other
suppositories drugs such as phentolamine and papaverine.
Vacuum Pump (Penis
Pump) - Men who cannot be
treated with these ED treatments above may consider using a vacuum pump. The penis pump has the effect of drawing
blood to the penis. It is a hollow tube placed around the
penis; the vacuum is then applied. The erection
can last for about 30 minutes. Once a man has an erection, he places a
rubber band or ring around the base of the penis to trap the blood in the penis in order to maintain
Penile Implants (Penile
Prostheses) – penile implant
is a device implanted in the penis by a professional surgeon to facilitate erection in men suffering with
ED. There are different types of
• SemirigidPenile Implant. In the case of this
erectile dysfunction treatment, two flexible rods are implanted in the penis. They are firm enough to allow the man to
have normal sex to please his partner. The problem, it causes the patient to have a permanent
• InflatablePenile Implants. An inflatable penile implant may be partially or
completely inflatable. There are two hollow rods (cylinders)
introduced into the penis. A small container in the form of balloon
(tank) filled with liquid is placed in the lower part of the abdomen and a small pump is located either at
the head of the penis or scrotum. Pressing the pump, the liquid moves the abdominal balloon to the cylinders
in the penis to harden it. The cylinders are deflated after sex and the penis becomes
Natural or Alternative
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Natural approaches can be
considered to treat ED. To start, the patient needs to drink daily fresh home-made juice of organic carrot,
yellow melon and asparagus sweetened with raw unfiltered honey, mixed with pine pollen and maca powder, along
with Zinc and Copper supplements. A cup of ginger morning and evening (before going to bed) may also be
helpful in less severe erectile dysfunction.
Certain supplements such
as horny goat, muira puama, damiana, ginkgo, and ginseng can also improve the erection. Search to find a
supplement that combines these supplements together. For best result, combine regular exercise with any
natural ED treatment you are considering.
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