Prostate Cancer And Gay Men
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Has anyone heard of the use of physical therapy as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (E.D.) ?

I was diagnosed in 2003 with prostrate cancer and chose my treatment in 2004, I was not very active sexually back then so I didn't pay attention to what "coming" felt like after the treatment which was, by the way, radioactive seed implantation. Fast forward to 2016 and my comfort level with being gay has blossomed. As a result, I find myself much more active sexually but the orgasms I'm having and the time it takes to reach a climax are bumming me out. I'm a firm believer that there is a cure for anything that ails one if I take the time to search so I recently visited my urologist. I asked him to refer me to a physical therapist for the E.D. and he politely said he couldn't. He said that's what Viagra, Cialis, etc. are for. I don't like taking pills and when I tried a generic version of Viagra i didn't experience the fireworks that I was hoping for. By the way the same urologist who last month told me physical therapy isn't a treatment for E.D. sent me to a physical therapy practice in 2006 to prevent urinary bowel control and pelvic floor pain. I don't even think they were issues but I followed "doctor's orders", went faithfully to the physical therapy and have never had urinary bowel control or pelvic floor pain in the 12 years since my prostrate cancer treatment. But since then I've learned that not all doctors are alike so hence my question again: Has anyone reading this heard of using physical therapy to reduce the problem of E.D. ? Is there anyone reading this who--in simple language--can explain why physical therapy wouldn't be of any benefit in treating E.D. ? Thanks to all of you who are reading this.

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I'm a little confused by your post - is your problem that your orgasms aren't strong enough, or that you have ED? They are two different problems. Anorgasmia might respond to psychotherapy if it is not an organic problem. ED may respond to ED meds (Cialis, Viagra, Levitra) or injectables like Tri-Mix. If they don't work, some have had some success with hyperbaric oxygen. If none of those work, there are penile implants.

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Thank you for your reply. I'm interested in chatting with you further. Having just used for the first time yesterday I think there's a way we can chat privately. I am depressed so my energy is depleted but I'll look for that option and try to demystify my original post in replying to you. In the meantime, I appreciate hearing from you. You were kind to take my issue so seriously. In case I miss out on responding today or Sunday, Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah -- whichever applies to you. Harv


Chanukah, in my case - same to you! I think you send a private message by clicking on your user name on the top menu bar. On the pulldown menu, it says "Messages" Then you click on "compose." BTW- If you're depressed and taking meds for that, that can have a big effect on your ability to reach orgasm.


Allen before sending this message, I sent the message the way you framed it in your reply of 19 minutes ago. Please let me know if the one-on-one message reached you. Thanks. Me.


Got it.


I took my doctor at his word when he told me "use it or lose it"! My erections (or semblance of one) have gotten better but not like they were. 5 times a week I would use the pump...not for sex/orgasms but just to keep the blood flowing and the skin stretched. I really feel that without the "therapy" I placed on myself, my penis would just shrink up. Not a good thing to think about. The cool thing for me is that my dry orgasms are bigger and there's no mess. Luckily I'm happily married going on 30 years in march! My husband is a great support system but I feel he should have done more than he did. I don't know exactly what I expected but when you entered the cancer world that world gets shaken up and tossed around.


Dear Harvin

I haven't started any treatment yet but I'm heading there :-(

Who's the physical therapist as a friend of mine is in need of the urinary helping hand. We're in NYC



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