HOW ADT CAN IMPACT YOUR SEX LIFE
Prostate cancer, and the associated treatments, cause physical and emotional changes that may affect a man’s desire and ability to have sex. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) can reduce desire and may cause erectile dysfunction in some men because it reduces testosterone levels.
REDUCED SEX DRIVE
If you notice a decreased sex drive and find it troublesome, talk to your doctor about your options. Reduced sexual interest also impacts your partner, so be sure to talk to them about what you are experiencing, which is a common problem in men who are on ADT.
If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), talk to your doctor about ways he/she can help. ED is common in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) treatment and your doctor may have suggestions to support you throughout your ADT treatment.
Research has shown that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) may increase depression in men with prostate cancer.1 If you are feeling depressed, it is important to discuss your feelings with your partner and your healthcare provider.
You are not alone, 90% of men receiving ADT
experienced sexual dysfunction
(decreased sex drive and ED).2
TIPS FOR TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
Practice talking openly about non-sexual topics before you start talking about sex.
Write down your questions with your partner before your appointment so you are prepared with exactly what you want to ask.
Ask if there are any prostate cancer support groups that you can join to learn from couples that are dealing with similar issues.
References: 1. Lee M, Jim HS, Fishman M, et al. Depressive symptomatology in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: a controlled comparison. Psychooncology. 2015;24(4):472-477. 2. Nguyen PL, Alibhai SM, Basaria S, et al. Adverse effects of androgen deprivation therapy and strategies to mitigate them. Eur Urol. 2015;67(5):825-836.
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