My husband was on medication for prostate cancer and lost his desire for sex. Are there any natural remedies for this?

There are a number of side effects associated with medications for prostate cancer and one of them is the loss of interest in sex. Medication for the disease can result in a variety of side-effects and depending upon the intensity of the symptoms, they are likely to impact on the sex life of the individual. The other symptoms faced by the patient during medication would include nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, hot flushes and perspiration that may influence the patient in the lack of desire for sex.

One of the reasons why interest in sex cannot be treated through testosterone medications or injections is because testosterone is likely to contribute to the progress or growth of the cancer to recur.

Some men are of the opinion that the disease can be passed on to their partner through semen. However, it is not possible to pass on the disease as it is not considered to be infectious. Another possibility could be that your husband may be feeling extremely low in morale and psychologically depressed that may contribute to the lack of interest in sex.

In some cases, individuals may not feel like having sex at all during the treatment, but it is also important to remember that things will gradually change over a period of time. It is possible that the side effects faced by your husband are generally temporary and are likely to wear off in a few weeks after the treatment has ended. The medication for the disease may make the patients to experience tiredness and may not want to have sex at all. At such times, it is important to have an open and honest conversation with one another. However, simple loving gestures such as caressing, cuddling, hugging, or affectionate play can help in expressing feelings for each other.

Some patients experience erectile difficulties due to the medication, and the symptoms could be temporary or permanent. Do not hesitate to speak with your doctor about ways and methods of getting around the problem and more importantly consult with your partner at all times on the steps to be taken to resolve the issue. Depending on the nature and duration of the treatment, doctors may recommend waiting for a while before having sexual intercourse. In the case of surgery, medical experts recommend waiting for about five to seven weeks before intercourse. More importantly, speak your doctor as to what would be the right time for having sex. It is important to include both partners in any form of discussion and speak openly about concerns.

answered by G M

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