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Does prostate cancer surgery end your sex life and cause urine leakage?

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Your surgeon may be able to spare the nerves that help trigger erections. That means you should be able to have an erection strong enough for sex again. That said, it may be a while: Recovery can take from 4 to 24 months, maybe longer. Younger men usually heal sooner.

If you still have trouble, ask your doctor about treatments for erectile dysfunction. There are medications and devices that can help. He’ll tell you if they’re right for you.

Other prostate cancer treatments, like radiation and hormone therapy, also can affect your sex life. Talk to your doctor about your choices.

You might leak urine after surgery, but it’s usually a short-term problem. Within a year, about 95% of men have as much bladder control as they did before the operation.

From: Myths and Facts About This Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?"

American Urological Association: "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer: AUA Guideline."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Active Surveillance."

CDC: "Prostate Cancer Risk Factors."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Prostate Cancer Treatment."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Screening Guidelines: Prostate Cancer."

Michigan Cancer Consortium: "Managing Symptoms After Prostate Cancer: Sexual Side Effects."

Urology Care Foundation: "Prostate Cancer: Surgical Management."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 18, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer?"

American Cancer Society: "What Are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?"

American Urological Association: "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer: AUA Guideline."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Active Surveillance."

CDC: "Prostate Cancer Risk Factors."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Prostate Cancer Treatment."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "Screening Guidelines: Prostate Cancer."

Michigan Cancer Consortium: "Managing Symptoms After Prostate Cancer: Sexual Side Effects."

Urology Care Foundation: "Prostate Cancer: Surgical Management."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 18, 2018

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