In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the providers at Utah Men’s Health are dedicating today’s blog post to patients and caregivers who have experienced a prostate cancer diagnosis. Erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence are, unfortunately, two very common side effects after prostate cancer treatment. These issues can greatly affect your quality of life. Almost all men will report erectile dysfunction and urinary leakage after the first few months following prostate cancer surgery. The good news is many men will see an improvement after the first year, and there are treatment options to help.
At Utah Men’s Health we hope that there are no questions you are too embarrassed to ask us; but, for some people going to the doctor can feel a little overwhelming, especially when it concerns a private area! The providers at Utah Men’s Health have compiled a list of men’s sexual health questions that they find their patients are most hesitant to ask.
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is often called the “couple’s disease.” If you are in a relationship, ED doesn’t just affect the man, it affects both of you as a couple. This obviously puts stress on your sex life, but many times it carries over into the rest of the relationship. Men can be embarrassed to talk about their erectile problems or see their doctor; instead, they start distancing themselves from their partners. Oftentimes the partner thinks “he’s not attracted to me” or “he’s not interested in this relationship anymore.” It is important to know that ED results from relationship problems in <10% of cases. More commonly, ED is the result of an underlying condition such as heart disease or diabetes, or a side effect of treatment for a condition such as prostate cancer. For this reason, men with ED should seek care from a medical professional.
Sperm count refers to the average of total sperm present in one semen sample. Low sperm counts are usually assumed to be related to infertility, but there are men with low counts who have children. Just taking sperm count into consideration is not a good indicator of actual fertility because a sperm count does not tell you how well they can fertilize an egg.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to either get or keep an erection that is good enough for intercourse. ED is very common, and in fact, about 50% of men over 40 have some form of ED. Many men feel embarrassed, believing they can cope with it on their own. It’s not an easy topic for men to talk about and often times they suffer in silence. A penile implant is a permanent solution for erectile dysfunction. It allows you to be spontaneous again, and that is one of the reasons it has such a high satisfaction rate for both the man and his partner.