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This week’s conversation is all about life without a prostate. I’ve seen a ton of patients who do not have their prostate and there seems to be the notion that life is over for men once their prostate is removed. 

And that is not true. Yes, removing your prostate is difficult. There is no way around it and for men, struggling to identify their life after removing their prostate can be challenging. 

Let’s get into life without a prostate. 

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What is a Prostate

The prostate is a sexual gland that’s involved in male reproduction. The prostate does several things and the two main functions of the prostate are to produce a majority of the semen during impregnation and conception and to expel semen in the middle of an orgasm. 

With the prostate, many professionals see the prostate and the removal of a prostate similar to how they see breast removal in women dealing with bouts of cancer. Now I am not an expert in breast oncology, but my colleagues who work in these fields share that when women have their breasts removed, they tend to feel less feminine and become somewhat uncomfortable with themselves. 

Now back to men, I think what makes men feel less manly when it comes to prostate removal is that they may feel some erectile dysfunction. In some cases I have seen online, the rate can be as high as 80% and from what I have seen, the rate is more around the 25%-30% mark. Regardless of the rates, what plays a huge factor in this is your health. As you know, I am all about living healthier with age and so if you’re not in good shape before prostate removal, you’re not going to be in good shape afterward. 

What to Expect After Prostate Removal

Some of the effects of having your prostate removed involve urinary dysfunction and incontinence. As I mentioned before, your overall health is a big factor when your prostate gets removed so some of these side effects and their impact is based on your health. 

One area that will help with urinary incontinence is having strong pelvic muscles. If you don’t have strong pelvic muscles, then this is where the chances of you getting urinary incontinence increases so make sure you are focusing on your overall conditioning. 

Another thing you will want to take notice of is your psychological state. When you get your prostate removed, it’s not just your physical body that takes a toll. It’s also your mental state. Most men express they are happy if they are cancer free when their prostate gets removed but they miss out on the sexuality they once had with their prostate. Your psychological state is of the utmost importance and your outlook on life after your prostate is removed. Half the battle is the removal. You still have the rest of your life to deal with and what I want to emphasize is that life is going to move on and it’s important you prepare for the next part of your life without it. 

Last thing I want to mention regarding prostate removal is that not every case of prostate cancer or condition requires a removal. It’s incredibly important for you to be informed and make your own decision about your health and well-being. That’s the main reason I started this podcast was to provide valuable information to you and your family when it comes to your prostate health and living better with age. 

I encourage you to listen to all my episodes so you can gather what serves you well and use it to your advantage. 

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