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Arousal Incontinence a Concern After Prostatectomy

Arousal Incontinence a Concern After ProstatectomyArousal incontinence – urine leakage when a man is sexually aroused - is common after radical prostatectomy, researchers report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Radical prostatectomy (the surgical removal of the prostate gland) is a frequent treatment for prostate cancer. After surgery, men might experience sexual issues, like erectile dysfunction and climacturia (leakage of urine during orgasm). However, less is known about arousal incontinence.

The research team sent questionnaires to 226 men who had undergone radical prostatectomy within the previous 24 months. The men’s average age was 64 years.

Half of the men said they had had arousal incontinence at least once since their surgery. For most of the men, the problem started within the first three months after prostatectomy.

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