Welcome to Life After Prostate Cancer.
This website has been specially created to assist survivors and their partners with regards to all matters sexual following treatment for prostate cancer.
Sexual recovery and adjustment following prostate cancer treatment is a huge challenge for thousands of men and women that are still in their sexual prime.
Over the past decade, the average age of prostate cancer patients has been getting younger. This in large part has been due to there being an increased in the number of programs promoting earlier screening for prostate cancer, together with improvements in prostate cancer detection techniques.
Whilst it is good news is that survivor life expectancy rates have increased, the bad news is that between 20% and 90% of survivors will experience a series of devastating physical consequences; the most notable being chronic urinary incontinence and severe erectile dysfunction.
As a result of the significant damage to sexual functioning caused by prostate cancer treatment, survivors often report experiencing numerous forms of psychological problems (including depression, stress and grief) as well as sexual and relationship distress.
After prostate cancer treatment, many men (and women) stop initiating lovemaking
This in turn can lead to declines in levels of relationship intimacy. Some men will develop a belief that they are no longer capable 'performing' sexually and consider the initiation of any type of sexual contact to be futile, and avoided. Engaging in sexual activities can remind them of their 'lack of manliness', often increasing levels of distress and/or depression over the loss of erection.
Some men report that the added embarrassment and humiliation that occurs as a result of urinary and bowel incontinence during sex will often provide further motivation to avoid intimate contact.
Decreases in levels of sexual activity are often associated with declines in the expression of nonsexual affection. Reductions in intimate contact frequency and intensity were found to lead to increased levels of relationship conflict and frustration.
This website has important information and advice for those that:
- Consider sex and sexuality to be an integral part of a man's life and believe that sex plays an important role in shaping a man self-image;
- Believe that sexual intimacy and having an active, pleasurable and satisfying sex life each play an important role in shaping levels of relationship satisfaction and quality of life; and
- That an active and satisfying sex life can be achieved at any stage of life;
then this site will provide you and your partner critically important information that can help assist you with the sexual, physical and psychological challenges you are both likely to face following treatment for prostate cancer.
So why contact us?
- As far as recovery after prostate cancer treatment is concerned, we have a very good idea as to the challenges and problems what you and your partner have faced and need help with.
- We can help each of you to understand not only what each partners is needing from the other as both emotionally and physically, as well as helping each of you to develop ways to reaching out to each other that are likely to have positive outcomes.
- We pretty much know the majority of the questions couples want answered, but may be too embarrassed to ask.
- We can help you in opening up critically important communication channels. We have expertise in helping couples re-establish sexual intimacy.
- We have a wide range of specialist contacts skilled in helping you and your partner get your sexual relationship back on track.
- We understand the treatment issues: medical, psychological, and sexual; not only from the perspective of the man, but just as importantly, from the perspective of his partner.
- We can teach you both how to successfully incorporate erectile treatments within your unique sexual practices.
- We can psychologically treat and alleviate symptoms of stress, grief and depression in both men and women.
To make an appointment:
To make an appointment or to speak directly to one of the MindFocus sexual health professionals
about sex after prostate cancer, treatments for erectile problems or any other sexual or relationship matter:
Telephone Sydney: (02) 9262 9992 Monday to Friday during office hours or
Please note that a doctor's referral is not necessary in order to make an appointment.