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 are dry orgasms?

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 either more intense or less intense.

And a heads up - you may feel some pain when you reach orgasm, because of how the nerves have been affected by surgery. This pain should go away over time.

Do I need an erection to have an orgasm?

After surgery, most men experience erectile dysfunction (ED). Without an erection, it might take longer to climax, but orgasms can still feel amazing.

Hear from a guy who’s been there: “For months I thought my sex life was over and I would never orgasm again. I was playing around in the shower and low and behold, ACTION! It was an incredible feeling." – Iain, 48 years

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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