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Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction What is erectile dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence means you can’t get an erection. It can also mean you are dissatisfied with the size or hardness of your erections, or how long your erections last. In the past, ED was thought to be due to psychological problems. It is now known that for most men ED is caused by physical problems. These are most often related to the blood supply of the penis. What causes erectile dysfunction? There are different types an...
Sex and Cancer: Questions for Your Healthcare Provider
Sex and Cancer: Questions for Your Healthcare Provider What sexual impact should I expect from my cancer or its treatment? How long will these changes last? What can I do about them? Are there any restrictions that I should be aware of? Is it OK to have sex during treatment? Do I need to use birth control? If so, what kind? After treatment, how long will I need to use birth control? Will I be able to have children after treatment? If not, what can I do if I want to have children? Can you give me the nam...
Testicular Cancer: Coping with Effects on Sexuality
Testicular Cancer: Coping with Effects on Sexuality Treatment for testicular cancer can lead to changes in sexual function. Treatment can also change how your genital area looks. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about how cancer or its treatment has affected your sexuality. There are often ways to help. Whether these changes are short-term or long lasting, you can find ways to feel good about yourself and to be intimate with your partner. Remember to be patient and give yourse...
Sexuality Issues for Women Being Treated for Cancer
Sexuality Issues for Women Being Treated for Cancer When you are undergoing treatment for cancer, you may have side effects that affect your physical response to sex. You may also experience changing feelings about who you are, how you feel about yourself, and how you feel about your relationships. All of these feelings can influence your sexuality. How cancer treatment may affect sexuality Sexuality not only refers to sexual intercourse, but to other means of sexual expression, such as touching and kis...
Prostate Cancer: Erectile Dysfunction (ED) after Treatment
Prostate Cancer: Erectile Dysfunction (ED) after Treatment Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man is not able to have or keep an erection to have sex. It's often a side effect of the treatments for prostate cancer, such as surgery or radiation therapy. Some have trouble getting or keeping a erection after prostate cancer treatment. Or they may notice that erections are not as firm as they used to be. Other men are no longer able to have an erection after treatment. How common is ED after prostate cance...
Prostate Cancer: Tips for Family Members
Prostate Cancer: Tips for Family Members What can you do to support the man in your life with prostate cancer? Here are some tips for helping: Talk openly. Your loved one may be sad, angry, or not want to face the diagnosis of prostate cancer. It’s also normal for you to feel the same way. Talk with each other about how you feel during this stressful time. Learn all you can. Make sure you understand the diagnosis and treatment options. This will help you to support your loved one during this time. Keep ...