Recovering from Prostate Cancer Treatment and Erectile Dysfunction

Recovering from Prostate Cancer Treatment and Erectile Dysfunction

Various side effects occur with almost any type of cancer treatment. With prostate cancer in particular, the side effects from treatment can greatly impact a man’s sex life. From radiation or hormone therapy to surgery, prostate cancer treatments may cause erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, decreased blood flow or a loss in penis length. Despite the severity of these side effects, most men have a great chance to regain a healthy sex life even after serious prostate cancer treatments. Below, we’ll be discussing the links between prostate cancer and ED, and ways to recover from erectile dysfunction.

Different Prostate Cancer Treatments

The body is an interconnected web of organs and blood flow. Often, the first signs of erectile dysfunction may point to potential prostate cancer symptoms. Other times, erectile dysfunction becomes a symptom of prostate cancer treatment. Because of the proximity of the prostate to the penis, it makes sense that one issue can quickly lead to another.

When diagnosed with prostate cancer, the treatment options are abundant. Radical prostatectomy is the removal of the prostate gland via surgery. This surgery can sever nerves and arteries needed to gain and maintain an erection. While statistics are promising (as much as 80% of men regain erection ability), it can take up to 18 months for nerve fibers to heal enough to restore ideal sex function. There are “nerve-sparing” surgeries that may reduce nerve damage, however, factors like tumor location, a surgeon’s skill set, and a patient’s age greatly impact potential nerve impairment.

Radiation therapy is another form of prostate cancer treatment. External beam radiation, brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy are all possible treatment options. About half of those patients who receive a type of radiation therapy are likely to develop ED. When it comes to radiation, it may take months or years for ED to develop. However, in many cases, erection changes won’t be visible until two years post radiation treatment.

Hormone therapy is utilized to reduce hormones from fueling prostate cancer cells. Often, this type of treatment is recommended for men whose cancer has spread beyond the prostate. Low libido is a side effect most associated with hormone therapy. Other side effects include low semen levels, inability to reach orgasm, and ED.

Chemotherapy targets cancer cells by killing them and minimizing growth. Chemo can often affect testosterone production in the process which affects sex drive. Chemo can also be quite taxing on the body and cause serious fatigue directly affecting sexual desire and erection ability.

All-Natural ED Solutions

While regaining 100% erection function isn’t always possible for men who’ve received prostate cancer treatments, it is possible to be intimate again. At Giddy, we’ve created a wearable device aimed at improving the ability to have erections. Developed by top urologists, mathematicians, and engineers, Giddy is worn at the base of the penis. Its unique shape allows for non-painful pressure placed on veins, leaving arteries unencumbered for better blood flow and longer, stronger erections.

The preservation of erectile function is an important factor doctors consider when giving prostate cancer treatment recommendations. The best option for an individual is dependent on personal decisions. If a man is experiencing erectile dysfunction as a result of a prostate cancer treatment, there are options like Giddy available.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I am a 65 year old male that was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015 and had my prostate removed in January 2016. I have not been able to achieve an erection since. My doctor has recommended implants, injections and the pump. I have opted out of implants and injections, but haven’t ruled out the pump. Do you think Giddy can help me? Can you tell me of clients that are in my situation and how Giddy has helped them?

    1. Hi David, thank you for your comment. We have partnered with two prostate cancer organizations, ZERO and Malecare, as we know the prognosis for ED after prostate cancer treatment is high. Giddy was developed to help men achieve and maintain an erection, and experience normal, pleasurable ejaculation. Unfortunately we’re not able to advise you on your specific medical condition, but I encourage you to learn more about our product at GetMeGiddy.com and speaking with your doctor about any specific health concerns you have.

  2. I have a very large Prostrate and BPH. I had the Urolift Procedure because I wanted to get back the ability to get erections. I have severe ED. I am trying to use a urologist prescribed erectaid a FDA Class II Medical Device. It works great in giving me an erection but I hate the ring. I am hoping that the Giddy will take the place of the ring. I will be providing feedback, but no pictures, on how the Giddy works with my erectaid device. I will use my erectaid device for the 30 day program that is recommended.

    1. Howdy, Curt! Thanks so much for your comment. We’re excited for you to be able to try Giddy very soon. We look forward to your feedback on our wearable device and 30-day program.

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