Learn more about: Changes to your orgasms

Why do orgasms change after prostate cancer surgery?

During surgery, your prostate gland and seminal vesicles are removed. Why are these key? They both help your body make semen (ejaculate). Once they’ve been removed, your body doesn’t produce semen anymore.

It doesn't mean you can't have an orgasm. It just means that your orgasms will be ‘dry’.

What exactly is a dry orgasm?

After surgery, you'll no longer produce semen. When you orgasm (or cum), semen doesn’t come out, so your orgasms are considered 'dry’. This might feel pretty different for you, but the orgasms will still be pleasurable. It’s possible they’ll feel more intense or less intense.

Will prostate cancer surgery make my orgasms feel different?

For most men, orgasms still feel good after prostate cancer surgery. Some men say their orgasms actually feel more intense after surgery.

1 in 10 men feel some pain. This pain should go away over time.

If it happens to you, talk to your doctor or care team for help relieving pain with orgasm.

Can I have an orgasm without an erection?


Even if you’re experiencing erection troubles, you can still have a mind-blowing orgasm. After surgery, most men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) and have issues getting and staying hard. So, you’re not alone there.

It might take longer to climax, but orgasms can still feel amazing.

As always, if you’ve got questions about changes to your orgasms and ways to improve, talk to your doctor or care team for assistance.

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