Finding out you have cancer can make you feel down or anxious, changing your feelings about sex.Treatment can damage the nerves and blood supply needed for erections. Coping with cancer can change your close relationships, or your thoughts about starting one.
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Some of those changes are welcome, and others not so much.
An older woman may also notice unwanted sexual changes as well. As women age, hormones decrease, causing the vaginal wall to become thinner, drier, and more irritated. Friction from intercourse may cause micro-tears in the vaginal wall, which can cause pain and bleeding.
My wife and I were looking for a cure, and all of the information we were getting was that, given my set of circumstances, surgery was best. And all the information I was getting was, “Get this thing out of you.” Another factor was that I was young enough that people were saying, “Look, you’ve got a long life to live.
So then it was a question of who was going to perform the surgery. If you were in your 70s, it might be a different story.” They all explained that I might develop impotence or incontinence afterward.It's important for men making these choices to truly understand what to expect.robotic arms inside the patient's body via a control panel." data-reactid="15"For men who want aggressive treatment, one choice is whether to undergo surgery or radiation.The most common operations to remove the prostate gland are radical open prostatectomy -- the older, traditional method that uses a larger incision -- and laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, which uses smaller incisions and special tools.One reason that I finally chose the surgeon I did was because the complication rates he quoted were lower than the others’.He really believed that there was less than a 1% chance that I’d have an incontinence issue, and a 30% chance of impotence. I mean, here were all the big guns in town, and his numbers seemed like the best. And the feedback was, “He’s got great hands.” We knew that his bedside manner left a lot to be desired, but I thought, “Who needs bedside manner?Men with early stage, low-risk prostate cancer, who could have opted for active surveillance or "watchful waiting," appear to be satisfied with the more-aggressive treatments they've chosen, according to patient questionnaires.