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Is Viagra After Prostate Removal My Only Option?

Posted by Michele Stewart

May 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

is-viagra-after-prostate-removal-my-only-optionIf you’re undergone a prostatectomy, you’ve likely been cautioned about the effect the procedure has on your ability to get and maintain an erection. While each case is different, a common question many men have is: what can be done about it? The good news is that it is possible to treat ED despite your health history, and there are both natural and medical solutions. Lifestyle changes, vacuum therapy and medications such as Viagra after prostate removal have all been known to work. Here, we take a closer look at the options and the results. 

Understanding ED.  

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects as many as 30 million men in the United States. It can be the result of stress or emotional reasons. It can also be caused by anything physical that limits blood flow to the penis or that has harmed the delicate nerves around the penis, such as prostate surgery. 

No matter the root cause, there are solutions.

Lifestyle changes.

As a general rule, with or without prostate cancer treatment, making lifestyle changes can go far in improving your overall health and your sexual health. As you pursue other options for treating ED, your doctor will want to make sure you’re doing all you can to make those options as effective as possible. This means taking steps to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet that promotes blood flow throughout your body, including to your penis
  • Limit alcohol
  • Get regular exercise
  • Control or reduce stress
  • Stop smoking (It’s been found men who smoke have a significantly higher risk of ED)

While these baseline lifestyle tactics may not be powerful enough on their own, they can complement other therapies and counter any signs of ED you may have experienced even before prostate surgery. This is because the ability to reduce ED after surgery is directly associated with how strong your erections were in the first place.

Vacuum therapy.

One go-to treatment after prostate surgery is vacuum therapy. Vacuum therapy, or a penis pump, involves placing an acrylic tube over the penis before sex. One end is attached to a manual or battery-operated pump and the other is held securely to the base of the penis. The pump then generates a vacuum suction over the penis, drawing in blood and creating an erection. Once the erection is achieved, a support ring is placed around the base of the penis, holding the erection in place.

One benefit of vacuum therapy is that even if it’s not used for sex, it can be part of the penile recovery process. It can be used to keep blood circulating to the penis promoting healing of damaged nerves and blood vessels. And it can keep your penis familiar with the feeling of being aroused.

Medications.

Finally, another popular option are medications such as Cialis, Levitra and Viagra after prostate removal. These drugs are known as PDE type-5 inhibitors and they increase penile blood flow. Sources say seven out of 10 men “do well and have better erections,” using the drugs; however, there are precautions to keep in mind. They need to be taken an hour or two before having sex, so planning is necessary. In addition, they should not be taken if you’re taking nitrates for any heart issues.

Viagra after prostate removal is just one of the solutions to regaining the sex life you love after surgery. Keep in mind there are solutions, both natural and medical, that can aid in your recovery and get you back to a healthy and satisfying sex life. This Comprehensive Guide to Sex After Prostate Removal can have you on your way to a positive future.

To learn more, browse our blogs. And, check out our free ebook, Prostate Cancer and ED: What You Need to Know.New Call-to-action

Topics: Sexual Health, Prostate Cancer, Mens Health, Erectile Health


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michele Stewart

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In more than a decade as president of Rejoyn, Michele has developed an in-depth understanding of ED and how it can affect the lives of men and their partners. Under her leadership, the company has prioritized providing high-quality educational content, knowledgeable customer service, and cost-effective solutions for ED treatment. Michele is proud of her company’s work across three generations to help people with ED lead fuller lives by providing leading-edge natural treatment options.

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