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Erectile dysfunction drugs may protect against penis shrinkage after prostate surgery

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Some men have a slightly shorter penis after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland. A new study shows that taking an erectile dysfunction drug like Viagra or Cialis after surgery can prevent that from happening.

Achieving orgasm after radical prostatectomy

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Radical prostatectomy changes the experience of orgasm. But it doesn’t need to be any less pleasurable or satisfying, says Dr. Ravi Kacker, a urologist and fellow in male sexual medicine at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Exercise and erectile dysfunction (ED)

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Emerging scientific evidence suggests that engaging in a few hours of exercise a week — including strength training, stretching, and balance exercises — may reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Can nerve grafts restore erectile function?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Studies have shown that some men who have their neurovascular bundles removed during a radical prostatectomy may regain erectile function with nerve grafts. But a patient’s best bet for preserving erectile function is to find an experienced surgeon.

Safety concerns prompt labeling change on testosterone gels

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Manufacturers of testosterone gel products must add a boxed warning on the products about adverse effects.

Preserving penis length after radical prostatectomy

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

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Erectile dysfunction drug also may ease BPH symptoms

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

More research is needed, but taking tadalafil (Cialis) could be helpful for men with BPH.

Do all BPH drugs reduce semen production?

Marc B. Garnick, M.D.

Editor in Chief, HarvardProstateKnowledge.org

I have used finasteride (Proscar) to treat my BPH, and it has reduced the size of my prostate. However, my body’s production of semen has diminished, too. Will switching to dutasteride (Avodart) solve that problem?

Sex and the Prostate: Overcoming erectile dysfunction when you have prostate disease

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Erectile dysfunction can have many causes, including some forms of prostate disease and prostate cancer surgery. The problem can often be effectively addressed. Some men find relief by taking medications. If these aren’t effective for you, a number of other options, including injections and vacuum devices, are available.

New options for treating erectile dysfunction

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Penile rehabilitation, which typically consists of oral or injected medications, alone or with other interventions, may help restore erectile function after treatment for prostate cancer. However, this therapy remains controversial.