What bodily changes can you expect after prostate cancer treatment?

Knowing what physical changes to expect after prostate cancer treatment, from orgasms to penis size, can help you adapt and heal.

After prostate cancer treatment, things change. It’s just the truth, whether you’ve had surgery (radical prostatectomy), radiation treatment, hormone therapy, or chemo. Some changes are lasting; others are temporary. But the first step to adapting and healing after prostate cancer is knowing what to expect. We’ve got you covered.

Let’s start with some physical changes.

Changes to erections, leaking urine, and other issues

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common experience after prostate cancer treatment. This means your penis isn’t getting as hard as it used to, and you may have trouble keeping it hard during passionate moments. It’s frustrating, and loads of men have been there. ED is a whole topic in itself and we’ve got loads of resources to help you navigate it.

Other top issues include changes to your orgasms, changes to penis size and, for some, leaking urine during orgasm or when you’re turned on.

The good news is these changes don’t mean the end of your sex life. Some problems are temporary and will get better over time. And who doesn’t love a comeback?

Some men will be able to reinvigorate their sex life with the help of different adapting techniques, trying new tools, getting support from their partner, and working together. This will take patience and persistence, but it’s worth the effort.

What else changes after treatment for prostate cancer?

As you know, prostate cancer treatment can have effects beyond the physical. It can impact your mental wellbeing, making you feel stressed, anxious, or depressed. It can also strain relationships and increase tension, fighting and hurt feelings between partners. But these issues can be worked through, with good support. Learn more about the physical, mental, and relational impacts of prostate cancer here.

As always, if you’ve got questions about body changes and ways to address them, talk to your doctor or healthcare team.