Sex is complex at the best of times. Think about how many physical, emotional, psychological and environmental factors need to be 'in sync' in order for sex to take place. When too many of these factors are out of whack, pleasurable satisfying sex becomes harder to achieve. Having to adjust sexually and psychologically after prostate cancer treatment makes achieving a loving and satisfying sex life between partners a whole lot more complicated.
Whilst many couples will find navigating their ways though such troubled waters to be extremely difficult, the good news is that much can be done to help you to both discover new ways of giving and receiving sexual pleasure as well as new ways of enhancing levels of loving intimacy.
Factors that can affect how well you and your partner will adjust sexually after prostate cancer include:
- Levels of sexual confidence (both man and partner).
- Whether or not treatments for erection problems are working.
- How easy you find it to commit towards on-going penile rehabilitation programs.
- How easy it is for you to incorporate erectile treatments within your sex life.
- How involved a partner is in the selection of treatments for erectile dysfunction.
- How important sex was for you and your partner prior to your cancer treatment.
- Levels of sexual desire in both yourself and your partner.
- Whether either of you are experiencing other health or sexual issues that prevent, or significantly interfere with your sexual recoveries. This can include having to adjust to other health issues such as heart disease or diabetes, psychological problems such as depression and excessive levels of anxiety, as well as sexual problems such as mismatched sex drives and or orgasm difficulties.
Whilst talking about sex and addressing sexual problems is rarely easy, not talking about sex can lead to depression, anxiety and marital breakdown.
Our sex and relationship counselling service can help both you and your partner with:
- Opening up the channels of sexual communication. Communicating openly your fears and concerns, and in adapting towards what is inevitably will become a new sexual dynamic.
- Knowing what your next steps should be when treatments for erection problems fail to work to plan.
- Learning how to incorporate treatments for erectile dysfunction within a sexual environment.
- Developing new techniques and strategies that take the focus off erections and will allow you both to find new ways of giving and receiving sexual and non-sexual pleasure and in enhancing levels of relationship intimacy.
- Finding specialist treatment providers that focus primarily on helping people resolve sexual challenges.
To make an appointment:
To make an appointment or to speak directly to a sexual health professional about any device you have purchased, sex after serious or chronic illness (including cancer), treatments for erectile problems or any other sexual or relationship matter:
Telephone Sydney: (02) 8065 6762 Monday to Friday during office hours or
*Please note that a doctor's referral is not necessary in order to make an appointment.