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