Tips for Patients and Their Partners for Restoring Intimacy after Prostate Cancer

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Prostate cancer is a serious disease, but most men with the disease do not die from it. Although their lives eventually return to normal after treatment, some men have to cope with lingering effects of their treatment that affects their libido or sexual function. Daniel Watter, EdD, reminds clinicians to treat the couple, not just the patient. He offers three tips for patients who are surviving prostate cancer. The patient and his partner should face the challenges as a couple. Although their sex life may change, their relationship can ultimately be closer than before. The couple should be persistent and patient. Not ever option with work for every couple. They need to keep working together until they find the option that works for them. Sexual satisfaction can be achieved, even if the patient experienced erectile dysfunction. Watters advises couples not to let confusion or embarrassment prevent them from talking about their intimacy needs and seeking help. His most important advice is to keep the lines of communication open and to discuss all aspects of prostate cancer treatment, including sexual intimacy, before the patient undergoes treatment as well as afterward.

Tips for Patients and Their Partners for Restoring Intimacy after Prostate Cancer
Tips for Patients and Their Partners for Restoring Intimacy after Prostate Cancer
Daniel Watter with Morris Psychological Group, most men treated for prostate cancer suffer a disruption in either libido or sexual function - or both - that may be temporary or may be long-lasting. It's important for the couple to communicate openly with each other and with his medical team both before treatment to be prepared for possible side effects and after treatment to adjust to the physical and emotional impact on their relationship.
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