Martin Wells was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. Since that time his cancer has progressed and he was prescribed androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). This is a hormone treatment that suppresses the body’s natural testosterone to stop the cancer growing. Side effects include a loss of sexual desire and loss of sexual function.
“When my testosterone was artificially suppressed, I realised that if I worked really, really hard at it, I can still connect in a sensual way with a loving partner. But if I want the same kind of results, I really have to put some work in…So when my own sexuality really died down with my testosterone suppressed, my eyes opened up to alternatives. Not only did I discover my own sensuality, but I found other people who were into sensuality and sharing that with me. It was a revelation. And this opened the pathway to my current long term relationship.”
Martin is also a founder of the UK support group Out with Prostate Cancer.