I have testicular cancer and need to have surgery... how will it affect my sex life?
The good news is, when only one testicle is removed, most men don’t have any problems with erections, or experience any change in sexual function. The remaining testicle often produces enough hormones to preserve sex drive. And the remaining testicle usually still produces sperm; so most likely, you won’t have problems with fertility, either.
If you’re concerned about how it will look to have one testicle, some men opt to get a prosthetic testicle. While that doesn’t have a physical effect on sex drive, for some men it makes them feel less self conscious or anxious, which can affect a man’s ability to perform. So if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to discuss it with you doctor.
- American Cancer Society: Testicular Cancer Surgery
- American Urological Association Foundation: Testicular Cancer
- Mayo Clinic: Testicular Cancer Treatment
- National Cancer Institute: Testicular Cancer: Questions and Answers
- Testicular Cancer Resource Center: Testicular Cancer Treatments: The Inguinal Orchiectomy
Dr. Sobel is a Colorado-based urologist and Director of the Denver Center for Men’s Health. His areas of expertise include men's sexual health and all areas of urology, including urologic oncology, treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy, stone disease and incontinence. Dr. Sobel was educated at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and completed his residency at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.