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It is estimated that at sometime in their lives, 52% of all men between the ages of 50 and 70 will experience erectile problems.
For men that have undergone prostate cancer treatment, that figure increases to over 90%.

Don't expect too many of them to want to talk about it.

It will come as no surprise that most men struggle to be able to talk about commonly experienced sexual, psychological or physical problems, even with their doctors.

medicalAs case in point: In a study of 500 men over the age of 50 visiting the urologists for problems unrelated to erectile dysfunction, each was asked whether he had separate concerns with regards to erection potency. Of these men:

  • 44% reported having experienced erection difficulties.
  • 74% of these men claimed that their reason for not raising the problem themselves was due to embarrassment.
  • 82% of the men reported that they would have liked their GP to have raised the issue during routine visits... The problem was however that within that study, less than 15% of GP's reported routinely inquiring about erectile dysfunction in patients with identifiable risk factors older than 40.
  • (Side note: Here at the MindFocus Clinic, our specialist medical and sex-psychologist staff are here to answer all of your questions and concerns, whether you ask them or not.)

worried manWhen it comes to prostate cancer recovery, playing the role of the strong silent super-hero is not a great strategy...

Most men can't do it (successfully manage emotional, sexual and physical recovery) on their own...

FACT: Partners will have a huge influence on a man's sexual and psychological recovery after he has undergone prostate cancer treatment. Adjusting sexually, psychologically and socially to a life with postoperative erectile dysfunction is highly dependent upon partner support.

Survivors will often report that erectile treatment adoption and adherence as well as successful sexual and psychological adjustment, is highly dependent on their partner, in particular, the strength and quality of their relationship , the involvement of the partner in their recovery process and erectile treatment selection, and most importantly, how active and supportive the partner is towards their collective sexual recovery.

Men who report openness and relative ease in talking about their sexual problems with their partners (as opposed to general family matters) are more likely to maintain erectile treatments and seek alternate treatments in cases where treatments appear not to be working.

FACT: Relationships in which partners demonstrate a willingness to actively assist participants in incorporating erectile treatment treatments within sexual activities are more likely lead to higher levels of erectile treatment adherence and higher levels of couple sexual satisfaction. In contrast, men that report low levels of sexual communication and involvement in treatment selection and acceptance are more likely to withdraw from erectile treatment use and to suffer life long erectile dysfunction.

Here at the MindFocus Clinic, our medical and sex-psychology team specialise in helping men feel comfortable in talking about their problems.

We make it easier for prostate cancer survivors to get the critical help and advice they need, in the areas such as:

  • sex, intimacy and relationship issues,
  • treatment selection for erectile problems,
  • help in finding specialist medical physicians and support resources, and
  • help in coping with stress, anxiety and or depression.

happycoupleWhy is makes sense for men to seek and receive specialist sexual medical and psychological assistance

Research shows that men who receive specialist advice for their postoperative erectile dysfunction are more likely to report being very satisfied with treatment outcomes and are more likely to continue treatment for erectile dysfunction.

The advice these men receive tends to be direct, non-confrontational and practical.
The questions they want answered get answered, whether they ask them or not.

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By comparison, men who do not receive specialist advice are far more likely to be unsatisfied with reported levels of treatment satisfaction, with the majority of these men being either being non-committed towards continuing treatment or having ceased treatment altogether.

Men who receive detailed instruction (preferably in the presence of a sexual partner), sexual counselling and medical follow ups every three months, are likely to experience higher levels of treatment satisfaction and continued use.

Here at the MindFocus Clinic, our professional staff are here to answer all of your questions and concerns, whether you ask them or not.

To make an appointment or to speak directly to one of our sexual health professionals,
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.


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