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Male Sexuality and Cancer: Erection Problems

What Options Are You Ready To Try?

You can print this page and use it to talk to your partner about what options you might want to try. Once you’ve filled out the table, you and your partner can try to answer and talk about the questions at the end of the page.

If you feel comfortable, you can share the answers with your health care provider.

Option
How willing are you to try it?
How willing is your partner to try it?
​Non-penetrative sexual activity (e.g. touching, oral sex)
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
​Experiment with sex toys
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
​Oral medications
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
​Vacuum erection device
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
​Penile injections
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
​Inflatable penile prosthesis
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
​External penile prosthesis with harness
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try
  1. willing to try
  2. unsure
  3. not willing to try​​


Possible questions/topics to discuss with your partner

  • How do we feel about using or exploring erectile aids and/or sex toys?
  • What should we do when you get aroused and I don’t?
  • Are you comfortable with one of us reaching orgasm even if the other does not?
  • Is it okay if I bring you to orgasm through touching or oral caressing even if I do not have a full erection?
  • What kinds of touching do you most enjoy now?
  • These are the kinds of touch that I most enjoy now...​​​​​​

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