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Masturbating and getting pleasure after prostate cancer treatment

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Masturbating and giving yourself some love after prostate cancer treatment has plenty of benefits. Think orgasms, knowing yourself better, and help with recovering natural erections.

Masturbating and orgasms are good for your erections

Masturbation can be used for more than just personal pleasure. When you masturbate, more blood flows to your penis, which helps keep tissue in the penis healthy. You could consider masturbation as a form of penile rehabilitation—which is a win-win.

Orgasms are still possible

People often don’t realize it, but orgasms are possible without having an erection, and without ejaculating. Orgasms are not only great for pleasure, they help with sexual recovery too.

When you masturbate and reach your climax, the orgasm stimulates nerves that help the brain remember that sexuality is still important. Orgasms encourage your brain to keep making these sexual connections while your erections are recovering.

Here’s a tip: Try to build masturbation into your daily shower routine. The hot water can improve blood flow to the area and help keep penis tissues healthy.

Feeling shame or discomfort with masturbating

Although most people masturbate, some feel shame about doing it. This can be because of religious or cultural beliefs, upbringing, or unspoken social rules. If you feel uncomfortable or don't believe that you should engage in this type of self-pleasure, that's okay. No judgment from us.

It's worth mentioning however, that some people come to terms with masturbation because their doctor may recommend it as part of their cancer care and it can help with erectile dysfunction.

Talking to a partner about masturbating

The way your body experiences pleasure may be different after prostate cancer treatment. Masturbation can help you rediscover sexual desires and pleasure. The more you know about your own desires, the better you’ll be able to communicate them to a partner. As much as you’re comfortable, share with your partner the various benefits of daily masturbation, as you work on sexual recovery.

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