Many younger men starting hormone therapy are able to have erections with or without drugs. Some drugs for managing symptoms or other conditions may cause sexual problems.
Nerves that start an erection may be removed or damaged during surgery to these parts of the body. Meanwhile, a colostomy, urostomy, or testicle removal may affect a man’s confidence and body image. These strategies may increase the chance of regaining erections after surgery: Radiation therapy.
Colostomies and urostomies make exits in the body for waste and urine. Radiation therapy to the pelvis can cause erectile dysfunction.
And talk with your health care team about fertility-preserving options before treatment.
This is important because some men are infertile after chemotherapy.
Ask about ways to protect yourself and your partner.
For example, chemotherapy stays in semen for 48 to 72 hours.
The cancer, the various treatments, or the passage of time may have taken its toll.
It can be frustrating not to be able to return to “normal”.
Also, men who had sexual issues before treatment have a higher risk.
In advance, ask your health care team about risks to sexual health.
Men with these conditions more commonly experience radiation therapy-related erectile dysfunction: Additionally, radiation therapy can cause pain, fatigue, and bowel or bladder problems. These include weight gain or loss, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Treatment for prostate cancer might lower or stop testosterone production.