Learn more about: Erectile Dysfunction (penis not getting as hard)

Why does erectile dysfunction happen after prostate cancer surgery?

Surgery to remove your prostate affects the nerves and blood supply around your penis. This creates an issue, as your penis needs a healthy blood flow to get an erection. Without a good blood supply, your penis will not become as hard as it did before surgery.

Although you may feel aroused and in the mood, these messages from your body aren't able to make blood flow to the penis. This is all known as Erectile Dysfunction, or ED.

How soon after surgery does this start?

You’ll likely have trouble getting a hard erection immediately after surgery. It may take up to 3 years to improve. Returning to the function you had before surgery is unlikely, but again, you might still see some improvement after working on it.

What can you do?

Remember, you will still have desire and can get pleasure from sexual intimacy.

If you're comfortable, you can:

•Try medication and erectile aids to help get a firmer erection (Find out more about this in Second Base)

•Try different positions

•Adapt your role and expand your routine in the bedroom to cope with these changes

Hear from a guy who’s been there:
“So far I have not been able to get my penis as hard as I want. I do feel angry at times and miss my old sex life. I’ve had to try new things, it’s a struggle." – Sam, 68 years

As always, if you’ve got questions about erectile dysfunction (ED)and ways to improve, talk to your doctor or care team for assistance.

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