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Relationships, sex and erections2017-02-21T02:20:35+00:00

A diagnosis of prostate cancer does not mean your sex life is over. But it could mean, depending on your treatment therapy, that getting and maintaining an erection is difficult. Once again, this doesn’t mean you’re retiring from sexual activity, more that you might need to change your approach. This can be profoundly distressing and affect how you see yourself as a man. TrueNTH will help you navigate these emotions and lifestyle adjustments with two vital support services.

Support 1: Strengthening your relationship

Changes that potentially alter your sexual functioning and identity can also affect your partner. If you’re grieving these changes, your partner may also be experiencing significant feelings of loss. Every relationship is different but one thing is a given – talking through what you’re both feeling can be extremely valuable.

“I realise now how scared I was feeling and how this caused me to withdraw from my partner”

TrueNTH can put you in touch with experts to:

  • Work through feared or actual changes in sexuality resulting from treatment

  • Reduce the emotional burden you and your partner feel

  • Provide ‘psychosexual’ education and information

  • Help you rethink and renegotiate changes to your sexuality

  • Strengthen the connection with your partner

Support 2: Tackling erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a common side effect after prostate cancer treatment. All men are affected differently so it’s important to have a plan tailored to both you and your partner. 

“I felt less churned up and anxious and able to think clearly about the treatment I wanted. I found some hope again”

It might feel daunting initiating this discussion so here’s a basic rundown of how your Care Coordinator is likely to work with you:

  1. We chat to you and your partner to get to know you – different people require different services and all types of couples are welcome.
  2. We discuss how you’re going with your diagnosis and treatment.
  3. We form a plan to help you (and your partner if you have one,) to achieve your personal goals. This plan may include how to use aids to sexual activity, such as medications (e.g. Viagra, Trimix) and hands-on tools like penis pumps. We’ll walk you through when and why to use these.
  4. We give you access to online videos (such as our penile injection demonstration videos) and information to provide more detail on all these topics.


Call TrueNTH on 1300 878 368 for a confidential chat about anything related to your relationship, sex or erections

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  1. Max Shub December 15, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Agree this section is good

  2. Christopher Ellis December 12, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This section tackles the issues honestly and clearly.

  3. Sam Gebert December 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I would like to see some gay specific information in here, I don’t think they would look in the carers section for the information.

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Added the malecare link you provided for the carers page

  4. debbie owies December 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I am happy with this section too. I wonder if in addition to the resources recommended you could add the two public outpatient services for psychosexual problems in Victoria, They are:
    1) The Sexual Medicine and Therapy Clinic at MonashHealth where people can be referred by their GP or specialist or they can self refer
    2) Sexual Counseling at The Womens where the woman would need to be the nominated patient but she could come for help with a relationship difficulty resulting from a change in her partners sexuality

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 7:03 am

      thanks for suggestion! Will defer to Cyril for a decision

  5. debbie owies December 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I too am sort of happy with this section.

  6. dave hughes December 6, 2016 at 1:05 am

    agree with donna ,otherwise really good section

  7. Donna Cowan December 6, 2016 at 12:40 am

    It affects men differently so it’s important to have a plan that meets the your specific needs and those of your partner. – reword

    I don’t feel that this addresses the gay community very well. Perhaps add in a picture of two men in a relationship so that ALL men know that they can access these services

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 7:02 am


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