Life after prostate cancer surgery: what bodily changes to expect

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

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After prostate cancer surgery (also known as radical prostatectomy), things change. It’s just the truth. Some changes are lasting; others are temporary. But the first step to adapting and healing is knowing what can occur and what changes to expect after prostate cancer surgery. We’ve got you covered.
Let’s start with some physical changes.

Changes to erections, leaking urine and other issues

Most commonly, guys experience erectile dysfunction (ED). 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.

Other top issues include changes to your orgasms (spoiler: they’re dry now), changes to penis size (it’s a bit shorter) 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.

Erectile dysfunction is a whole topic in itself and we've got loads of resources to help you navigate it.

What else changes after surgery for prostate cancer?

As you know, surgery and prostate cancer 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 amplify 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 urine leakage and ways to address it, talk to your doctor or care team for assistance.

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