Sex After Prostate Cancer

Sex and intimacy are a vital part of the human journey.

We are hardwired for an intimate connection with other human beings.

If you are in a close, loving relationship, sex may be an important part of the lives of you and your partner. As men grow older, health issues can impact sexual function. Prescription For Happiness After 60: More Sex

Some of the more common health issues that impact sex are diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and/or side effects related to the treatment of prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men affecting about 1 out of 9 men in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer has no symptoms in the initial stages but can be detected early through screening with a combination of the digital rectal exam and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

Annual screening for prostate cancer should begin by age 50 or 40 if a man has a family history of prostate cancer or if he is African American. Is regular prostate cancer screening even necessary?

An elevated PSA level can indicate common issues associated with aging, including benign enlargement of the prostate, prostate cancer or potentially both.

If you have been treated for prostate cancer, the most common long-term negative impact of treatment is sexual dysfunction.

This can greatly impact life satisfaction for some men, specifically in regards to capability for penile erections.

The penis is full of blood vessels, which fill to capacity during an erection, making the penis hard.

By Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, Director of Sexual Health, NorthShore University HealthSystem. Read more. 

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