- Cancer, sex, and sexuality
- How the male body works sexually
- Keeping your sex life going despite cancer treatment
- Erections and pelvic surgery to treat cancer
- Erections and pelvic radiation therapy
- Erections and chemotherapy
- Erections, desire, and hormone therapy
- Erections and the psychological effects of cancer treatment
- Ejaculation and cancer treatment
- Fertility and cancer treatment
- How common cancer treatments can affect sexuality and fertility
- Dealing with sexual problems
- Dealing with short-term problems
- Finding the cause of problems that appear to be permanent
- When is sexual counseling helpful?
- Is there a pill that will cure sexual problems?
- Is there a way to restore erections if the nerves or blood supply of the penis has been damaged?
- Methods to help with erections
- 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 aspects of some cancer treatments
- Feeling good about yourself and feeling good about sex
- Chemotherapy changes the way you look
- Changing negative thoughts
- Overcoming depression
- Dealing with grief and loss
- Rebuilding self-esteem
- Good communication: The key to building a successful sexual relationship
- Overcoming anxiety about sex
- Rekindling sexual interest
- Sexual activity with your partner
- The single man and cancer
- Men who have sex with men
- Frequently asked questions
- Professional help
- About the American Cancer Society
- Additional resources
Can testosterone restore sexual functioning?
In the rare case that a man has a hormone imbalance, testosterone may restore his desire and erections. But hormones are too often used without careful thought. Most men have enough testosterone, even after age 50 or 60. Taking extra hormones will not cure a sexual problem. In fact, it can have serious side effects.
One big problem is that extra testosterone could cause undetected prostate cancer to grow and spread. Men who have had prostate cancer should never take testosterone pills or shots, even if their own hormone levels are low. Testosterone is most helpful as a short-term way to restore sexual desire and erections in men who have damaged testicles from large doses of radiation or chemo. But very few men really need extra hormones.
Last Medical Review: 10/28/2011
Last Revised: 10/28/2011