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Sex and prostate cancer in 5 points

Have you been treated for prostate cancer? Want to know more about how to recover your sexuality after treatment? Sex and prostate cancer in 5 points is a brief summary of the webinar on the subject, which we strongly recommend you watch.

It is also important to note that it is not prostate cancer that causes ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Rather, it is treatments, such as radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy, that can cause this problem.

And do not hesitate to contact us at 1-855-899-2873 or through the chat on our site.

  • Your erectile function after treatment

A high percentage of men regain their erectile function within one to 36 months after surgery, often with medical help. Those who have radiation therapy also experience erectile difficulties, but they occur gradually, usually a few months to a few years after treatment. And it all depends on your erections before your treatment, your overall health and your age.  

  • My erectile nerves have been preserved, so I should get my erections back?

It is certain that an erectile function that is good prior to surgery will allow a potential for recovery which will be good. It is important to keep in mind two things: (1) the younger you are, the better your chances of having erections again after surgery, and (2) the treatment of prostate cancer causes changes in your sexual function in general.

  • What about penile rehabilitation?

The recovery of your erectile function, if the nerves have been preserved, requires stimulation, which can begin after the catheter has been removed. Drugs can be prescribed to stimulate an erection, but without stimulation, you are no further ahead. Another approach is the use of the penile pump. It is useful because it brings an influx of blood into the penis and thus provokes an erection and can be used with your medication.

  • I have tried everything and nothing works…

Before testing a treatment for your erections, it is essential that you discuss with your urologist the most suitable therapeutic options for you. Keep in mind that you may need to try your prescribed medication several times; the latter could prove effective on the 6th attempt… not the first time.

  • You need to invest time and effort in your recovery

You have to get involved and collaborate with your urologist or physiotherapist to recover your continence and your erections. All of this requires patience, perseverance and resilience. In other words, to participate in a marathon, you have to jog and train. The good news is that there are many strategies that can help you manage them. Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor about it.


Take the time to visit each of our pages on this website, as well as our YouTube channel, in order to get familiar with the disease, our expert lectures and webinars, our section on available resources, the support that is offered to you, our events and ways to get involved in advancing the cause.

You have questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate. You can chat with us or contact us at 1-855-899-2873 to discuss with one of our nurses specialized in uro-oncology. They are there to listen, support and answer your questions, as well as those of your family or loved ones. It’s simple and free, like all of our other services.

Webinar for you (in French)
Sex and Prostate Cancer

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