Potent above refers specifically to sexual potency, which is the ability produce and maintain erections satisfactory for sexual intercourse. All prostate cancer treatments affect potency. Prostate cancer treatments will either alter the way the blood flows into the penis, or will damage the nerves that stimulate erectile function.
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What is Postrate Cancer?
Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer cells, and can spread to other areas of the body. To learn more about how cancers start and spread,
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. The walnut-sized gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. Prostate cancer has become a pain in the ass. The gland gets bigger in older men.
Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably.
Can You Get Back Your Sexual POTENCY After Prostrate Surgery?
Yes! Usually erections return slowly beginning as partial erections 3 to 6 months after surgery and continue to improve for 18 to 36 months. There is considerable variation. Usually, erections are not as firm as before surgery unless the patient had “perfect” erections to begin with. If the nerves can be partially or completely saved, Viagra and similar medications usually improve erections. If not, Tri-Mix injections, MUSE urethral suppositories, or a vacuum erection device must be used.
How Soon Will Before Normal Erection Comes Back?
Normally, men have one or more erections daily. Therefore, the normal physiology of the penis is to have an infusion of well-oxygenated blood several times each day. It is probably not healthy for the tissues of the penis for men to go for months without having any erections – some experts have suggested that lack of erections can cause atrophy (wasting) of important anatomic structures in the penis, such as the valves that trap blood in the penis during erection, and also results in fibrosis (scarring) of the penile tissues. Some experts recommend that patients induce artificial erections daily after radical prostatectomy to mimic the normal physiologic situation. I usually suggest beginning with taking a Viagra (or similar) tablet two to three times per week about one hour before anticipated sexual activity – and then see what happens with sexual stimulation. Even if it does not produce a full erection, it should increase the blood flow. MUSE or intracavernosal (into the penis) injections of medicines that cause the blood vessels to dilate can also be used for this purpose. For Viagra to work, the nerves and blood vessels need to be functioning. MUSE and injections bypass the nerves, but require sufficient blood flow. If they don’t work, there may be a temporary or permanent deficiency with the blood vessels in the penis. The vacuum erection devices usually work well in most cases.
What About Sex?
It is advised to begin sexual activity as soon as you are feeling up to it your urinary control is adequate for sexual activity. Avoid straining the abdominal muscles for 6 weeks after surgery. The importance of early sexual activity is to increase the blood flow to the tissues of the penis. Therefore, sexual activities that normally would produce sexual arousal and an erection would fulfill this requirement.
Sex After Prostate Surgery – What to Expect
Knowing what to expect is a large part of optimizing your sexual recovery from prostate surgery. It is great you work works very closely with Doctor and partner before and after surgery to help them understand what’s likely to occur.
Impotence and erectile dysfunction (ED) after prostate surgery:
Expect some ED, but know that for most men it is temporary. During recovery, medications like Viagra and Cialis will help.
Ejaculation will cease
Orgasm after prostate surgery
You can expect to enjoy sex after prostate surgery. Many men are surprised to find that they even experience pleasurable orgasm without an erection. Keep in mind that your sexual pleasure does not depend on penetration.
Without a prostate gland or seminal vesicles you will no longer experience ejaculation. Even though your orgasm may feel different, it will still be pleasurable.
Leaking urine during sex
This is possible, but does not happen to all men. It’s harmless and temporary. Performing Kegel exercises
to tone the pelvic will improve orgasm and urinary control.
Don’t underestimate the emotional roller coaster of prostate cancer surgery and recovery. It’s normal to worry about sex after prostate cancer. Being open and honest with your partner will help.
Keep in mind that your overall health, age, and present ED status are all factors in your recovery to sex after prostate surgery. Talking with your spouse about how you feel will make the difference.
Also Masturbate; it will help you learn how your body will respond to stimulation after surgery and builds your sexual confidence.
What Do You Do as A Wife to Support?
If your husband or partner is undergoing prostrate surgery for prostate cancer treatment, or is in the midst of recovery, it can be difficult to know the right things to say or do. Your patience and understanding are the most valuable support you can provide. Find ways to rebuild physical intimacy with your partner, but don’t be discouraged or offended if it takes time for him to feel comfortable being intimate again.
Prostate cancer can be an emotional journey for the entire family. Trust that you and your partner will soon enjoy healthy, happy sex after prostate surgery.
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