Sexual issues in men

What are sexual issues in men with cancer?
Sexual issues in men

Sexual issues in men are characterized by a lack of energy or interest in sexual activity. Men undergoing cancer treatment may experience changes that affect their sexual life. Being intimate with and feeling close to your spouse or partner is probably still important. Your doctor or nurse may talk with you about how cancer treatment might affect your sexual life.

Sexual issues in men depend on the factors such as
  • Cancer type
  • Treatment type
  • the amount (dose) of treatment
  • Treatment duration
  • Age at time of treatment
  • The time that has passed since treatment
  • Other health issues
How to manage sexual issues in men with cancer?
  • Learn about treatments. Based on symptoms, your oncologist or a urologist will advise you on treatment options. Several medicines and devices are useful to manage sexual health problems. These medicines increase blood flow to the penis. There are also surgical procedures in which a firm rod or inflatable device (penile implant) is placed in the penis, making it possible to get and keep an erection.
  • Condoms may prevent your partner’s exposure to chemotherapy drugs that may remain in semen. Contraception is another option to prevent pregnancy.
  • Manage related side effects. Talk with your doctor about problems such as pain, fatigue (Tiredness)hair loss, loss of interest in activities, sadness, or insomnia, that may affect your sex life. It can help you get the treatment and support you need to feel better.
  • Get support and counseling. Share your feelings and concerns with people you are close to. You may also benefit from participating in a professionally moderated or led support group. Your nurse or social worker can recommend support groups and counselors in your area.
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