- Cancer, sex, and sexuality
- How the male body works sexually
- How pelvic surgery to treat cancer can affect erections
- How pelvic radiation therapy can affect erections
- How chemotherapy can affect erections
- The psychological effects of cancer treatment on erections
- How cancer treatment can affect ejaculation
- How cancer treatment can affect fertility
- How cancer treatment can affect sexual desire and response
- How cancer treatments can affect sexuality and fertility
- Dealing with sexual problems
- What treatments are available to help with erections?
- When is sexual counseling helpful?
- Can testosterone restore sexual functioning?
- What about herbs or natural cures for erection problems?
- Is there a way to make orgasms as intense as they used to be?
- Special concerns linked to certain cancers and their treatment
- Feeling good about yourself and feeling good about sex
- Chemotherapy also changes the way you look
- Overcoming depression
- Dealing with grief and loss
- Good communication: The key to building a successful sexual relationship
- Overcoming anxiety about sex
- Rekindling sexual interest
- Sexual activity with your partner
- Keeping your sex life going despite cancer treatment
- The single man and cancer
- Men who have sex with men
- Frequently asked questions
- Professional help
- American Cancer Society programs
- To learn more
What about herbs or natural cures for erection problems?
Many supplements are sold over the counter as “natural” cures for erection problems. These herbs and supplements have not been proven to help men regain erections. And in the past, many supplements have not been found to contain the ingredients listed on their labels.
Another problem is that some of the supplements contain ingredients that are not listed on their labels. Even though they are sold as “natural supplements” to help erections, some have been found to contain sildenafil (Viagra) or drugs much like it. As these are discovered by the FDA, the pills are recalled, but usually not until many men have already taken them. These supplements can be very risky because the contents are not labeled correctly and the man doesn’t know what he’s getting. One danger is that he may take other medicines that interact with the drug in a harmful or even fatal way. Or he may take too much of a substance that’s said to be harmless and without side effects, not knowing what to expect. Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter treatment you are thinking about trying.
Last Medical Review: 08/19/2013
Last Revised: 08/19/2013