Prostate cancer is the most widespread type of cancer among males. For the cure of this cancer, men usually resort to a prostate removal surgery (also known as a radical prostatectomy).
Impotence or a reduced erection during sex is one of the worst horrors of men after undergoing surgery. In this case, men need not only the emotional and psychological support from their partners but also serious treatment, perhaps even psychotherapy.
Statistically, the resumption of normal sexual relations is in the range from 18% to 100% likelihood. Erectile function and sex after the prostate removal with proper treatment and wise lifestyle choices usually come back to about half of the patients. For many of them before the operation, it took place after months or years without sexual contact. But there is the postoperative period, which may give rise to a number of unpleasant complications.
Sex life after prostate removal and recovery
Many doctors and patients report about the postoperative decrease in sexual desire. This may be caused by damage of the closely spaced prostate nerve cells.
During the operation, nerve endings of cells may have suffered, but the reproductive function depends on these. Half of the men operated upon restore their sex lives after six months with the help of special exercises, physiotherapy and medication. In some cases, it takes a little longer.
It depends on several factors:
– the age of the man;
– the state of health prior to surgery;
– the appropriateness of highly radical prostatectomy;
– potency level before surgery.
Tips for men after surgery
To restore the sex life after prostate removal, use the following tips:
1. Physical training. Restorative exercises plus gymnastics, as outlined by Arnold Kegel, are a special set of techniques to strengthen the pelvic muscles. There are also special devices (electromyostimulators), changing the current pulses and causing contraction of the pelvic muscles.
2. Ascending shower. The methods of assistance here are therapeutic mud baths and special showers, where the patient is seated on a special seat with holes and jets of water vertically sprayed at him. The temperature of the water is ranging from 15 to 38 degrees, and the pressure is maintained at 1-4 atmospheres. Massaging water jets increase blood flow to the pelvic organs.
3. Physiotherapy. Traditional physical therapy after the removing of prostate cancer is not usually recommended, but the endoscopic surgery is considered quite sparing. It is made via “green laser”, which makes it possible to remove not the whole organ, but the affected lobes of the prostate.
4. Nutrition. It is recommended to stick to a minimum of salt and fats with no spices, and to increase plant foods and dairy products in the diet, a total ban on alcohol and unfortunately an avoidance of coffee for some time – it is better to replace it with dairy products.
5. Medications. It is recommended to consume a number of tonic generic drugs, like Viagra, available in tablets of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. For example, sildenafil citrate is used as a potency stimulant that is taken orally in one hour before planned sexual intercourse at a dose of 50 mg. This dosage may be increased or decreased depending on the reactions of the user.