Is Prostate Massage Sinful? (therapeutic use)


#1

I asked this on the ask apologists board about a month ago, but I am assuming it is not going to be answered, so I am posting here in hope that someone here can help me.

I have been suffering from a Prostate issue for the last 2 years. I have made it clear to my Doctor that I am Catholic and I will not masturbate. He has had me try numerous other things to no avail.

He recently said he wished to try Prostate massage saying that the drainage may help, and if I respond well, I could be shown how to do it on my own, or prescribed a device to do it on my own, I forgot what he said exactly. I told him I don’t know of any Catholic teaching on it so I would have to look it up, which I did and I found a confusing answer from one of the apologists here that just linked to this page: origin.ewtn.com/vexperts/showmessage_print.asp?number=511730&language=en

The important part of the that page is here:

The treatment for this is even more difficult, but should involve an initial digital rectal examination by the physician with therapeutic prosthetic “milking” of the prostate gland by direct digital pressure, in a manner similar to what was described above for the diagnostic maneuver. This maneuver can be taught to the patient who can then subsequently perform it regularly. Note that this is not intended to provide any sexual stimulation whatsoever; it is merely a therapeutic maneuver to more effectively empty the prostate gland on a regular basis, so that the buildup of fluids is relieved to a great degree.

My question is, is the massage if used for therapeutic use morally acceptable and within the rules of the Church? Is that what this article that was linked to in that question is trying to explain? Can someone dumb it down for me perhaps?

Sorry for the long post, this problem of mine is very frustrating, and embarrassing. All I ask is for an answer so I know if I have to rule this out as an option.


#2

If you are not taking any delight in it, then it wouldn’t be a sin.


#3

after reading your link… IMHO… you need to have a second opinion from a totally independent doctor (not one that has a practice in or with your current) as there may be other options and maybe something more going on than a “simple fix” can cure.


#4

Maybe you could get an independent second opinion, preferably from a faithful Catholic doctor.


#5

I think that the EWTN answer is a good one and I think the doctor who responded is indeed trying to say that the massaging device is acceptable.

Reasons for this interpretation include: I think he says clearly before and after that paragraph that he is trying to give the questioner advice about morally acceptable treatments.

Also, he summarizes various parts of the procedure with the prescriptive word “should”: “A urinalysis with gram stain/ culture should be done only after the physician performs prostatic “milking” with a digital rectal examination right before the bladder is emptied.” And: “The treatment for this is even more difficult, but should involve an initial digital rectal examination by the physician with therapeutic prosthetic “milking” of the prostate gland by direct digital pressure, in a manner similar to what was described above for the diagnostic maneuver.”

Notice that he says the “milking” of the prostate and examination “should” be done, and he mentions that a digital device “should” be used. To me, that implies that this is morally acceptable treatment.

I hope that helps.


#6

Although I am not an expert let me assure you that I have been long suffering from prostrate problems and am now a survivor of prostrate cancer…until a recurrence takes place. My suggestion is that you should see a good (preferably Catholic) specialist…oncologist. Do check your PSA yearly if you are still young. Not that it would do much good but you could detect problems early. My prayers with you.


#7

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.