Is sex after prostate cancer a non-issue?
Unfortunately, prostatectomy (partial removal of the prostate gland) or a radical prostatectomy (complete removal) leave most men with no sex for a year or two after medical prostate cancer treatments.
Let's review some interesting results from a study done by the Cancer Council of NSW Australia. The researchers wanted to examine the quality of life 3 years after prostate cancer diagnosis for men who had localized disease and for a population control group.
What they discovered with regards to impotence is that 21% of men who had a radical prostatectomy were impotent before their diagnosis, and 3 years after treatment 77% were impotent!
That means if you opt to go with this form of treatment, which is a standard treatment according to doctors, you have a 75% chance of being impotent for at least 3 years!
The side effects sure have a huge impact on sex after prostate surgery!
Also keep in mind that the often heavily promoted robotic surgeries are no better than the regular surgeries in spite of all the promotion.
Read this article, Men's hopes for robot prostate surgery unrealistic, by Reuters.
Why does a radical prostatectomy have such an impact on sex after prostate cancer?
It is because of the effect on blood circulation in the region and on the prostate erection nerves which attach to the prostate gland and are responsible for triggering erections. It is challenging not to damage these nerves. You can see them in the diagram below, yellow in colour right around the prostate.
Radiation and chemotherapy not only have a huge impact on sex and prostate health, but also on the ability to have and maintain erections. The prostate gland is at the heart of what makes us function as men. In fact — it is similar in shape to a heart!
Messing with this vital gland should be undertaken with great caution. If sex after prostate cancer is a concern for you then learn all you kind about improving your prostate health so you never have to face such a dismal issue.
If you haven't already read about the 10 functions of the prostate gland then visit that page for a fascinating read and to learn more about this crucial part of our bodies.
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And read this review of the book, The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, by Dr. Marcia Angell, who was the former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
It will destroy your faith in doctors, big drug companies and the supposed unbiased research they do. "Scientifically proven" research is often rigged — at the expense of its victims — us.
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Written by Ronald M Bazar,
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Note Dear Reader...
You must change your diet by stopping those foods that are triggering your condition and replacing them with new ones that nourish you and your prostate.
Then combined with a high quality supplement, you are putting yourself on the road to healing.
There are no shortcuts. Just good changes and little by little you will get better. My books and this site tells you how.