The effects of radical prostatectomy on gay and bisexual men's sexual functioning and behavior: qualitative results from the restore study

B. R. Simon Rosser, Benjamin Capistrant, Maria Beatriz Torres, Badrinath Konety, Enyinnaya Merengwa, Darryl Mitteldorf, William West

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Abstract

To advance research on the sexual effects of prostate cancer in sexual minorities, we conducted telephone interviews with 19 gay and bisexual men (GBM) who had undergone radical prostatectomies. Challenges to sexual functioning included anatomical penile changes, loss of ejaculate, climacturia, and erectile dysfunction. All sexual behavior with other men, not just insertive anal sex, was affected, across all stages of the sexual response cycle. Rather than narrowly focusing on erectile functioning, rehabilitation for GBM needs to be comprehensive in addressing anatomical changes, sexual behavior comprehensively, and functioning across the sexual response cycle. Seven recommendations for practitioner education are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-445
Number of pages14
JournalSexual and Relationship Therapy
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) [grant number 1 R21 CA182041]; American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

Keywords

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • orgasm
  • psychiatric treatment
  • relationship factors
  • sexual orientation

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