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Can men have an active sex life after prostate cancer treatment without having to take Viagra® or other pills?

Video: Continuing to Have an Active Sex Life

Dear Doctor, I am still going through follow-up treatment for prostate cancer, having gone through 41 radiation treatments, which ended in February 2011. I am 63 years old, but still feel quite young and would have like to have an active sex life...

Dr. Bans says a vacuum device, injectable therapy and a penile implant or prosthesis may be options for prostate cancer survivors who are interested in resuming normal sexual relations post-treatment. 

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Larry Bans: There are other options for erectile dysfunction beyond pills or pharmacologic medications. One could use a vacuum erection device, and one could use injectable therapy. The other option would be a penile implant or a penile prosthesis. The vacuum pump is a simple device which is safe to use for most people. It is usually covered by insurance and can be purchased without a prescription, and injectable therapy needs to be maintained and monitored by a physician or someone who does injectable therapy. There’s slight risk to injectable therapy, where you actually take a needle with a syringe and you inject vasoactive drugs into the penis itself, and the risk are priapism (a prolonged erection), or scarring or fibrosis. So most people I would recommend that they start with the vacuum erection device. If that’s not acceptable or satisfactory, the possibility of moving on to injections or an implant, a penile prosthesis, should be considered.

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