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How can surgery affect my sex life?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Surgery and other treatments can be the best solutions to some health problems, but they can have unfortunate effects on a man's sex life. Surgical treatments for cancer of the prostate, bladder, colon, and rectum can all damage pelvic nerves (as can riding a bicycle that puts too much pressure on his perineum), leading to weakened erections or full-blown erectile dysfunction (ED).

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