When a man is given the devastating news that he has prostate cancer, more often than not, he will be concerned with his ability to function sexually after the procedure. The options that are given to men after prostate surgery are geared towards recovering from the surgery, eradicating the cancer, medical devises to help penis stimulation, pumps, medication to help with maintaining an erection and emotional support surrounding cancer survivors. There is little to no information available on other options for treating the emotional aspect of the possible loss of a man’s intimate life, his sexual confidence or how to treat performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction without medication.
A quote from WebMD
“Fact: Your surgeon may be able to spare the nerves that help trigger erections. Then you will probably be able to have an erection strong enough for sex again. But it may be a while. Recovery can take from 4 to 24 months, maybe longer. Younger men usually recover sooner. Suggestions for treatment are medication such as Viagra, and other prostate cancer treatments, such as radiation and hormone therapy.
Unfortunately they do not address one of the major causes for erectile dysfunction in both younger and older men and that is “performance anxiety.”
What other treatment options are available?
Any man undergoing prostate surgery or any other treatment that may affect his sexual function, can get help from Certified Clinical Sexologist/Qualified Sex Therapist as part of the professional team during and after the recovery period.
When a man is recovering from prostate cancer there is a window of time which allows him the opportunity to regain sexual function on a physical level as well as on an emotional level. In this crucial time frame it is understood that he is recovering and sexual function may be a slow process but he and his spouse/partner can still enjoy sexual intimacy during the recovery period, and learn new ways to enjoy sex without the pressure to perform. Once a man recovers physically often times he is still left with performance anxiety that can mimic a physical problem that no longer exists. The job of the Clinical Sexologist is to evaluate him and aid him in his recovery by helping him look at sexual function in a new way, incorporating techniques, sex education, and the idea that sex is not just penis centered but a whole body experience. Working with a professional who is trained in this area will help him to better understand his sexuality abilities, regain his sexual confidence, and please himself and his spouse/partner.………
A list of professional’s in the field of Clinical Sexology and Sex Therapy
- Dr. Anna Randall San Carlos, CA 94070 Sex Therapist specializing in relationships, love, sex, intimacy, cheating, sex addiction, communication.
- Dr. Martha Tara Lee Singapore Sex Coaching in Singapore
- Dr. Tanginika Cuascud in Dallas, TX. The Sex Doctor Sexual Health Help and Advice
- Dr. Hernando Chaves, Marriage and Family Therapist, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
- Dr. Shelley Hiestand Anti-Aging & Health Benefits of Sex
- David Hersh Sex Therapy – Hersh Centrer for Sexual Wellness – Calgary, AB, Canada Sex therapists providing counselling, sex advice..
- Dr. Seth Prosterman Clinical Sexologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist San Francisco, California 94123 Phone: (415) 948-9590 Email: Dr. Prosterman
- Dr. Dawn Michael, Certified Clinical Sexologist, Intimacy Counselor, Relationship Coach, Sex Educator Thousand Oaks CA. (805) 732- 7847
- For more referrals in your State and Internationally go to: The American College of Clinical Sexologists International