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Sex and cancer for men

Cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life. Different treatments will affect your body and feelings in different ways. Get support to help manage these side effects and cope with changes to your sex life.

Chemotherapy and men's sexuality

Some cancer treatments can cause changes to your sex life.

Surgery to the pelvis or genitals

Find out how surgery to the pelvis or genitals can affect your body, and how you feel about sex.

Radiotherapy to the pelvis

Having radiotherapy could affect your sex life in several ways.

Hormone therapy

Read about how hormone therapy might affect your sex life. 

Managing erection problems

Some cancer treatments can make it more difficult to get and keep an erection.

Coping with a low sex drive

Cancer and its treatment can make you lose interest in having sex.

Sperm collection and storage (sperm banking)

Some cancer treatments might affect your fertility. Sperm banking is a way of storing your sperm for use in later fertility treatment. 

Sex and cancer if you are single

If you are single and have cancer, you may have concerns about starting a new relationship, dealing with infertility or coping with rejection. 

Sex and cancer for partners

Find out about how to support your partner if they have cancer. You may also be wondering how to deal with any changes in your sex life.

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
27 Feb 2014

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