Whether you have been with your partner for decades or just a short while… whether you are dating different people or are seeking a relationship… intimacy is likely to be an important part of your life. Intimacy may involve sexual activity or may be more emotionally driven, but either way, intimacy makes our lives richer.
As a man with advanced prostate cancer, or a person in the relationship with him, you may be understandably concerned with the potential effects of the disease on intimacy – physically or emotionally. Whether part of a committed couple, a more casual relationship or single, you have the right to take steps toward a fulfilling life of intimacy.
You and your doctor have likely discussed how sexual functioning can be adversely affected by advanced prostate cancer. For many people, discussing sexual functioning and related intimacy issues – whether with a partner or a physician – can feel uncomfortable. As a man, your sexuality may be strongly tied to your sense of masculinity, and the thought of not having full sexual feeling or ability can lead to a sense of anger, loneliness or even depression.
Keeping pathways of communication open between you and your partner will assist in allowing you two to navigate through the roadblocks to redefine your sexual relationship.
Your relationship matters – so make a point of talking to your partner about what’s on your mind.