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Can lymph node removal cause issues with sex?

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One possible problem with lymph node removal for testicular cancer is your nerves that control ejaculation during sex might be damaged.

If that happens, it can cause something called retrograde ejaculation: Your semen spurts backward into the bladder instead of forward through the penis. Doctors have found ways of avoiding those nerves. Talk with your doctor about this before surgery.

From: Life After Testicular Cancer Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program.

American Cancer Society.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, “Orchiectomy (Radical Orchiectomy, Testis Sparing Surgery)."

Cancer Research UK, “Your Sex Life and Testicular Cancer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “Retrograde Ejaculation.”

Cleveland Clinic, “Testicular Prosthesis.”

The Mayo Clinic, “Testicular Cancer: Coping and Support.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program.

American Cancer Society.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, “Orchiectomy (Radical Orchiectomy, Testis Sparing Surgery)."

Cancer Research UK, “Your Sex Life and Testicular Cancer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “Retrograde Ejaculation.”

Cleveland Clinic, “Testicular Prosthesis.”

The Mayo Clinic, “Testicular Cancer: Coping and Support.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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