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Can a man reproduce after going for Prostatectomy?

By January 2, 2018 May 19th, 2021 No Comments
Reproduction after Prostatectomy

Do you know the role of the prostate gland in a man’s body? This male reproductive organ termed as prostate gland secretes a prostate fluid which is an important component of semen. The prostate fluid is responsible for the nourishment of sperms. It helps in liquefying the semen and after ejaculation, the sperms smoothly move into the woman’s body. During the surgery or therapy, if the doctor finds the cancer present in the prostate gland has reached its advanced stage, and then it becomes a mandate to remove the gland. On the other hand, the prostate gland is saved if the cancer cells found are minimal or at an early stage. In both cases, fathering a child through natural way would be impossible. Depending on the type of prostatectomy the patient has gone through, he would still be able to gain his sexual function.

How does prostate cancer treatment affect a man’s ability to ejaculate?

Following are the possibilities:

  • The treatment might damage the nerves that control the prostate, seminal vesicles, and the opening towards the bladder.
  • It can also stop semen from being made in the prostate gland.
  • The path through which the semen takes to exit from the body may be damaged.
  • Due to the absence of semen, the orgasm experienced would be a dry one.

For men who desire to father a child after the prostate cancer treatment is possible only with artificial means. A doctor usually recommends freezing some of his sperms for later use and fathering a child through the procedure of IVF. Another possible way is extracting sperm directly from the testicles.

What is the alternate to Prostatectomy?

There are multiple alternate therapies to Prostrate Surgery – Such as

  1. Holmium Laser Enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP)
  2. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
  3. Role of Hormone Therapy in Prostate Cancer

However, even if one may not be able to reproduce after the surgery, many patients are able to have safe sex afterward. 

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