Sex and Prostate Cancer – How Does Prostate Cancer Affect Sex

September 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer and Sex

Big question, that; especially considering that a prostate cancer diagnosis can very easily be a death sentence for as many as three percent of people who get diagnosed with the disease, and they might just want to sow a few wild oats before they move along, or at least say goodbye to the woman that they love in the only way they know how to. Well, you certainly want to know, especially since you know that the prostate gland is part of your reproductive system, and there is no way it does not have an effect – except that you don’t know that effect.

First, what is Prostate Cancer?

Well, here’s how it is: prostate cancer is a cancerous disease that develops in prostate gland, a part of the male reproductive system. It occurs when the cells of the prostate begin to mutate into carcinomas and to multiply uncontrollably. Without an early enough diagnosis or care, the cells may metastasize to other parts of the body, such as the bones and lymph nodes, and then you have serious trouble. Its main symptoms are regular pains in the prostate or genital area, difficulty in urinating, and yes, problems during sexual intercourse, as well as erectile dysfunction. Funny thing, the disease isn’t done with you yet; other symptoms of prostate cancer may yet appear as you go further into the realm of the disease, developing during later stages.

Prostate Cancer And Sex

So, you got the point now; prostate cancer does not stop you from being horny, but it can keep you from being able to have fulfilling sexual intercourse because of the pain you feel during ejaculation or your inability to get it up – that is, erectile dysfunction. Besides the painful and perhaps frequent urination, especially at night, when you have prostate cancer, you tend to sometimes see blood in your urine and in your semen. Not a good sign, that; because it is the most obvious evidence of metastasis, often followed by pain in the lower back, pelvis, or upper thighs, evidence that the disease is spreading to your ribs, pelvis, and other bones.

Prostate Cancer Surgery and Sex 

Prostate cancer can be debilitating even in treatment. Many say that one of the best treatment procedures for the condition is the surgical procedure by which the prostate itself is removed, or at the very least, the infected cells – the malignancy. This process is called a prostatectomy, the smaller procedure referred to as laparoscopic prostatectomy. The problem with the procedure is that however careful the surgeon may be, they could still knick a few nerves down there and paralyze your genitals in the process, making it hard or even impossible to have an erection. This does happen in some, not all, cases.

Prostate Cancer and Impotency 

There are a couple of radical procedures also by which prostate cancer may be addressed; the most likely of them being radiation therapy, and the other being chemotherapy. Either way, even if the treatment works and the carcinoma goes into complete recession, it could cause impotence or urinary leakage. But if it saves your life, I suppose it should be forgivable.

Your sex drive is basically intact when you have or have had prostate cancer, but depending on how you may have allowed the incidence of the disease to affect you, or how the treatment thereof could have gone down, it is totally possible that your sex life might be affected or not affected. It all depends on lots of other factors, as enumerated above. However, if you really do have a reliable doctor and everything goes fine during the treatment, you have very little to worry about.

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