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Keep Your Sex Life After Prostate Surgery

The thought of prostate surgery can bring a heavy emotional toll. The surgery is invasive, it can lead to significant postoperative complications and the patient is often already battling a difficult diagnosis.

Understanding the procedure and its impact can offer clarity and relief. There are pathways to maintain your sexual function and emotional well-being after prostate surgery. Effective treatments can help lighten the recovery journey and grant you peace of mind.

Understanding the Impact of a Prostatectomy on Sexual Function

A prostatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland. It is often performed to treat conditions like prostate cancer. It can also lead to significant sexual complications:

  1. Erectile dysfunction (ED): Defined as difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. Up to 87% of patients can experience erectile dysfunction after prostate surgery.
  2. Penis shortening: A decrease in penis length post-prostatectomy affects up to 71% of patients.
  3. Complications around orgasm: Patients may feel a loss of sensation, painful orgasms, urination with orgasm, or the inability to climax at all. Up to 77% of patients will experience orgasmic dysfunction after surgery.

If you want to learn more about why these complications occur, check out our blog post breaking down what happens to the penis after prostate surgery.

The Emotional and Relationship Ripple Effects

These physical challenges can produce mental and emotional ones. Erectile and sexual function are tightly linked to self-perception, body image and confidence. Your penis shrinking may feel like your worst nightmare, especially considering the social and cultural pressures to be bigger.

A significant percentage of men experience long-term distress after prostate surgery. Men’s sexual and emotional health is underdiscussed and many men will not feel comfortable disclosing their dysfunction or their feelings to family, friends or medical providers.

Despite how common these complications are, it can feel like you are suffering alone. Patients worry they may never feel like themselves again, or that their sexual dysfunction will affect their intimate life.

Is this the end of intimacy for me?
What if I can never perform again?
Will I still be desirable to my partner, or to future partners?

These fears are made worse by common myths and misinformation and can result in a strenuous emotional burden. These feelings can become barriers to strain relationships even more than the initial sexual side effects. Patients may start feeling isolated or inadequate, and over time may choose to avoid intimacy or sex entirely.

This is why sex therapy or counseling is invaluable. It can guide individuals and couples through the emotional challenges after prostate surgery. Communication and realistic expectations are crucial for maintaining or rebuilding a healthy, functional sex life. Pollock Clinics can point you towards trusted industry professionals and help get you there.

The good news is there are strategies to help maintain and restore sexual function. Just like how your mind benefits from therapy, your penis does too.

Penile Rehabilitation: the Key to Sexual Recovery

Penile rehabilitation can be one of the most important aspects to maintaining sexual function after prostate surgery. Patients who use a penile recovery strategy have up to a 3 times better chance of recovering erectile function and penis size compared to patients undergoing minimal or no treatment.

Rehabilitation helps the penis prepare for future sexual activity. Achieving erections after prostate surgery is one of the most important factors to retaining size and erectile function after your procedure. We recommend a minimum of 3-5 erections a week after catheter removal. If you don’t use it, you might lose it.

After prostate surgery, regular erections contributes towards:

  • Tissue health: Erections supply oxygen and blood flow to penile tissues. They help maintain tissue health and long-term blood flow.
  • Natural erection recovery: Penile rehabilitation significantly increases the chance of erectile function returning.
  • Confidence: Achieving erections after your prostatectomy can help you feel hopeful. Increase your belief in the recovery process and improve your outlook.

Penile rehabilitation places you back in the driver’s seat of your sexual health.

Start Early for Best Results

Penile rehabilitation is at its greatest efficacy when approached proactively. The earlier you start, the more likely you are to reclaim function after surgery.

Our preferred path to long-term performance begins before your prostatectomy appointment. Pollock Clinics recommends “prehab” or treatment before surgery. Prehab reduces your risk of complications and lets us establish a baseline for your sexual function prior to your procedure so we can better track your recovery.

The sooner you start, the better your chances at recovery; however, even if years have passed, we can likely still help you.

Take Charge of Your Sexual Health with Pollock Clinics

Prostate surgery can feel daunting, but you’ll feel lighter when armed with knowledge, guidance and support. You can protect or restore your confidence and intimate life.

If you are considering prostate surgery, or already have your procedure booked, we encourage you to be proactive. Consult professionals to learn more about the operation and penile rehabilitation. Keep a tab on your emotional state, and try expressing your feelings to a professional or to your partner.

If you have already undergone prostate surgery, reach out to us now. The sooner you begin, the better your chances at recovery.

With a clinically advanced treatment plan a healthy sex life after prostate surgery is within reach. Pollock Clinics can help you get there. Book a consultation with us today or call our clinic at (604) 717-6200.