Answers to Common Testicular Cancer Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about testicular cancer.

Can testicular cancer affect my sex life?

Men who undergo surgery for testicular cancer can resume normal sexual activity a few weeks after surgery. Doctors recommend the break to avoid complications of a hernia after surgery. Men with only one testicle still make sperm and have normal erections. Some treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy can lead to low testosterone levels and a loss of sexual desire. Hormone medicines can improve these side effects. Surgery to remove lymph nodes may result in orgasms not feeling the same as they used to.
Source: Daniel Miller, MD, Dayton Physicians Urology Division; American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

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