Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve an erection or maintain it long enough for sexual intercourse. Some treatments for prostate cancer can cause ED:

Radical prostatectomy, a surgery that removes the prostate gland, the seminal vesicles and part of the urethra, is the most common cause of erectile dysfunction. The severity depends on the procedure's impact on the arteries and nerves that control erections. Most men who receive "nerve-sparing" surgery experience improvement over time (recovery may take a couple of years). Some men never recover the ability to have a spontaneous erection.

Radiation or brachytherapy can damage nerves and blood vessels, causing ED. Many men can achieve an erection with prescription medication.

Hormone treatments lower testosterone levels, which can cause ED and lower libido. Men with prostate cancer should not receive testosterone therapy, since this can encourage the growth of cancerous cells. Ask your doctor about treatment options.



Listen to this Expert Angle webinar with Dr. Radomski for more information:
 

Incontinence and Erectile Dysfunction with Dr. Sidney Radomski

May 19, 2015

This webinar explains what is urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. In addition to outlining the possible causes, diagnosis tests and treatment options for urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment.

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