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Prostate Cancer and Sex: Questions to Consider

Prostate cancer and its treatment can have a profound effect on a man’s sex life. There are physical issues to cope with (like erectile dysfunction and fatigue) as well as psychological and emotional ones (like depression and relationship changes). None of these are easy.

Discussions of sexuality can get pushed to the side, and understandably so. Men and their partners are often worried about prognosis, survival, caregiving, and paying for expensive treatment. They might not see sex as a priority.

But sex is an important part of day-to-day life, and it’s reasonable to start planning for sexual changes before treatment begins.

One of the first steps is asking questions – of your cancer care team, your partner (if you have one), and yourself.

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