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Prostate Treatments May Have Sexual Side Effects, But Patients Not Always Aware

Sep 05, 2018

Prostate Treatments May Have Sexual Side Effects, But Patients Not Always AwareSome treatments for an enlarged prostate and related urinary symptoms have sexual side effects. However, doctors don’t always let patients know about them, according to a recent survey.

The medical term for an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). As men get older, their prostate gland grows inward. For some men, the process causes urinary problems, since the enlarged tissue squeezes the urethra.

Unfortunately, some treatments have sexual side effects. For example, men who take medications called 5α-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs, such as dutasteride and finasteride) may have trouble with erections or ejaculation. Their sex drive can decrease, too. Men who have surgery for BPH might develop retrograde ejaculation, when semen travels backward into the bladder instead of forward out of the penis.

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