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Sexual Health Matters: Keeping Intimacy Alive with a Urologic Condition

Sexual Health Matters: Keeping Intimacy Alive with a Urologic Condition

Posted on: 10 Feb 2023

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Your sexual health is a key part of your overall health. But, people often keep this part of our lives quiet. Being more open to talking about your sexual health with your partner and doctors may help you feel better in your relationships and boost your self-esteem.

Many urologic conditions could affect sexual health and lead to painful sex. You may wonder if you’ll put your partner at risk. That is why it is of great value to talk openly with your partner. Let them know your concerns and find out if they have any questions. Then you can both talk to your doctor to find the best solution.

Physical concerns like urine leakage, overactive bladder (OAB), pelvic floor dysfunction and erectile dysfunction may not only bring about pain, but they can also affect a person’s mental health. A person may feel shame or be shy to talk about how their condition may affect their life.

Urologic cancers and treatment for this kind of cancer can change your sexual health too. They may cause damage to the nerves that control sexual function, damage to pelvic organs, changes in the way a person can orgasm, infertility or the need to use an ostomy bag. Being open with both your partner and doctor is helpful. Ask questions before and after treatment, as your doctor may suggest things you can do to prevent or ease problems with sex.

Here’s some things to keep in mind that may help support your sexual health and intimacy:

  • Be open to talk with your partner and doctor.
  • Bring your partner with you to talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor about any concerns you have about sexual function and your condition.
  • Ask questions before and after treatment.
  • Seek out a sexual health specialist for certain sexual health questions.

Know that you are not alone and there is help out there to better your sexual health. Sexual health matters, is a part of your overall health and should not be ignored.

Read more about this topic in our patient magazine, UrologyHealth extra®: How Urology Can Affect Sexual Health.

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