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Prostatectomy

Erectile Dysfunction Post Prostatectomy

A prostatectomy can be an important, life-saving operation, but many men do experience some life changing complications after the procedure. Because of the role the prostate plays in the male reproductive system, its removal commonly leads to erectile dysfunction. If you have questions or concerns about how a prostatectomy could affect your sexual health, continue reading below.

What is a Prostatectomy?
A prostatectomy is a surgical procedure for the complete or partial removal of the prostate in order to treat prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia. This procedure usually involves making an incision in the lower abdomen or in the area between the scrotum and the rectum and removing all or part of the prostate.

How Will a Prostatectomy Affect My Sexual Health? 
The prostate is the gland that is responsible for the creation of semen. Its removal makes it impossible to ejaculate and can lead to erectile dysfunction. Men who have undergone a prostatectomy can still have an orgasm, but they can no longer father children and they are less likely to experience nocturnal, morning, and psychogenic erections.

Why Do Prostatectomies Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
The prostate is a key component of the male reproductive system, and no matter how successful a prostatectomy is, it will affect other sexual organs. The blood vessels, nerves, and muscles required to have an erection are all located near the prostate, and when the prostate is removed, these blood vessels, nerves, and muscles are weakened, making it difficult to have an erection. Approximately 60% of men report developing erectile dysfunction post prostatectomy, and erectile dysfunction caused by a radical prostatectomy generally lasts 18-24 months.

How Can I Treat Erectile Dysfunction Post Prostatectomy?
Post prostatectomy erectile dysfunction can be treated with PDE-5 inhibitors, or ED pills in layman's terms. Stendra (Avanafil) is a next-generation PDE-5 inhibitor and erectile dysfunction pill that can effectively treat post prostatectomy erectile dysfunction. For patients who underwent radical prostatectomy, 100-mg and 200-mg doses of Stendra demonstrated significant improvements in erectile function compared to a placebo, as measured by successful penetration and successful intercourse attempts. If you think that you suffer from post prostatectomy erectile dysfunction, be sure to discuss your treatment options with your doctor.


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Safety Information:
Common side effects of Stendra (Avanafil) include headache, dizziness, flushing, upset stomach, and nasal congestion. Rare but serious side effects include an erection that will not go away, sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, and sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss.

Do not take Stendra with more than three servings as alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol when taking Stendra can increase your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increase your chances of getting a headache or getting dizzy.

Consult your doctor about taking Stendra and alert them of any other medications you are currently taking or health concerns you have. If you experience any side effects, stop sexual activity and get medical help right away.

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