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Men’s sexual and relational adaptations to erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment

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posted on 2023-02-17, 04:17 authored by Richard J Wassersug, Andrew Westle, Gary DowsettGary Dowsett
This study investigated how men adapt to erectile dysfunction and other sexual side-effects of prostate cancer treatment. The study recruited nonheterosexual and heterosexual men using an anonymous, international, online survey (N = 558). This article focuses on a qualitative analysis of answers (n = 348) to one open-ended question on sexual practices after treatment. Five themes emerged: (a) recovery of erectile function; (b) reframing sexual practices; (c) the importance of partners; (d) exploring anal sex; (e) the use of masturbation. The findings suggest that men should explore varied sexual options. Partners are also important in the overall recovery of men's sexual lives.

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Publication Date

2017-03-01

Journal

International Journal of Sexual Health

Volume

29

Issue

1

Pagination

11p. (p. 69-79)

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

ISSN

1931-7611

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© 2017 Richard J. Wassersug, Andrew Westle, and Gary W. Dowsett. Published with license by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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