Ask About Climacturia Before Your Prostate Surgery

Ask About Climacturia Before Your Prostate Surgery
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer I decided to write this column after an embarrassing and humiliating experience. I was hesitant to go public with this, but I believe far too many men and couples are suffering alone and in silence. Leaking urine is listed as a possible risk in all of the consent forms for prostate surgery. What isn't listed in most consent forms is a specific type of urine leak called climacturia. This is an uncontrolled leaking of urine during an orgasm. I leak urine before and during an orgasm. Like most men with climacturia, I don't regularly leak urine at other times. This week, during a sexual encounter with my wife, I managed to wet the sheet with urine during a moment of excitement. It was a large leak. We had to take off the sheet and mattress protector and put it in the wash. I felt like a little child who wet his bed. In several studies, the rate of climacturia after prostate surgery averages about 30 percent. This unpleasant symptom adversely affects sexual satisfaction. A question that has bothered me for years: Why wasn't this known risk discussed with me before my surgery? As far as I can tell, from reading current consent forms seven years after my surgery, it's still a risk hidden from men consenting to prostate surgery. Since my prostate surgery, I've lived with a waterproof matt
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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