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Does hormone treatment for prostate cancer affect your sex life?

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Since this type of treatment lowers testosterone levels, you may lose interest in sex. You may also have trouble getting or keeping an erection (erectile dysfunction). Erectile dysfunction drugs don't usually work for men taking hormone therapy. While these drugs increase blood flow to the penis, they don't help with your loss of sexual drive.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Sildenafil.”

National Cancer Institute: “Sexual Health Issues in Men with Cancer,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Anxiety, Fear, and Emotional Distress,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer,” “Depression.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hormone therapy for prostate cancer,” “Bone density test,” “Prostate cancer.”

ZERO: “PSA Screening.”

National Kidney Foundation: “What You Should Know About Blood Lipids.”

Urology : “Cognitive Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Living with hormone therapy: A guide for men with prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Sildenafil.”

National Cancer Institute: “Sexual Health Issues in Men with Cancer,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Anxiety, Fear, and Emotional Distress,” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer,” “Depression.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hormone therapy for prostate cancer,” “Bone density test,” “Prostate cancer.”

ZERO: “PSA Screening.”

National Kidney Foundation: “What You Should Know About Blood Lipids.”

Urology : “Cognitive Effects of Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer UK: “Living with hormone therapy: A guide for men with prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

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