How to Conceive a Baby After Prostate Surgery?
A subject that comes up frequently on many men’s health forums is “How to conceive a baby after prostate surgery?” I have done quite a bit of research on this topic to learn how a man can conceive a baby after undergoing prostate surgery. Many men undergo prostate surgery to treat prostate cancer or to address complications related to an enlarged prostate or chronic painful prostate infection. A problematic result of prostate surgery for some men is that they can lose the ability to get an erection, and without an erection a man is unable to have sexual intercourse and conceive a baby. Depending on the reason for your prostate surgery, there are ways you can conceive a baby after prostate surgery, and enjoy the thrill of becoming a father.
What is the role of the prostate gland? If you don’t know the function of the prostate gland, its role is to secrete an alkaline liquid that mixes with semen and nourishes the sperm. It also liquefies the semen sufficient to move into the woman’s body after ejaculation as the sperm swim to meet and fertilize the egg.
If the patient has prostate cancer, and depending on how advanced the cancer is will determine if the prostate gland can be saved or must be removed prior to radiation or chemotherapy to eradicate any rogue cancer cells. If the man has a desire to have children now or in the future, his doctor or oncologist may recommend freezing some of his sperm for later use via IVF to conceive a baby. This is primarily due to damaging effects of radiation or chemotherapy on the sperm that can render them permanently nonviable specimens.
One of the most advanced prostate cancer treatment options is robotic prostate surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon can remove the cancer using a precision robotic tool, avoiding radical prostectomy, and usually leaving the prostate gland intact. If the prostate gland is not removed and the two nerves that extend from the gland to the penis, which control the erection function are not damaged, cut or removed, then normal sexual function may be restored.
If the prostate gland is removed, which is called a radical prostectomy, the removal of the prostate prevents a man from being able to achieve a spontaneous erection, and will need the aid of medication or an erectile dysfunction pump.
The good news even after prostate surgery men can usually still conceive a baby through artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization, as long as sperm was harvested before surgery. During artificial insemination, the sperm are extracted from the testes and inserted into the woman’s ovaries to allow fertilization to occur naturally. In in-vitro fertilization IVF), both the sperm and egg are taken and fertilization occurs in a laboratory. The fertilized eggs are then re-implanted into the woman’s uterus.
If the prostate is removed, and the nerves that control erection are not damaged, then the man may be able to regain full sexual function, sans the ability to father a baby naturally. If the nerves, however, are damaged, cut or removed, the man will usually lose the ability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
If the prostate cancer treatment option includes chemotherapy or radiation, which can damage sperm, you should discuss the option of having healthy sperm harvested and frozen for future use to father a child.
In closing, while the prospect of having prostate surgery due to cancer or other reason can be devastating, new technological advances are allowing more men to keep their prostate gland, but when that is unfortunately not an option, these advanced robotic prostate treatment options are allowing many of these men to return to normal sexual function. In either prostate treatment option, many men may be able to conceive a baby after prostate surgery and still know the joy of fathering a baby.