• Sexuality and Intimacy for Women after Cancer Treatment

    "When you start talking to other cancer survivors, you may find that other people have had very similar or even identical feelings [to your own]."
    — Jennifer Potter, MD 

    Sexuality and Intimacy for Women after Cancer

    Around half of women who survive breast, colorectal, or gynecologic cancers may confront post-treatment sexual difficulties, such as loss of desire, pain during intercourse, or infertility. Survivors of other cancers may face challenges, too. Fortunately, many sexual side effects are treatable.

    What You Can Do

    • Talk with your partner. Make sure you both know how each other feel and what you both need at this time.
    • Take it slowly. Approach the process of becoming intimate at a pace that's comfortable for both you and your partner.
    • Get in touch with your body. Going through cancer treatment can make you feel disconnected from your body, so becoming comfortable with yourself again is an important step.
    • Get information. Many women experience changes in their bodies and sex lives after cancer treatment.
    • Reach out for help, if you need it. Talk with your doctor if you're having problems with your sexual health. He or she can help you explore potential therapies.
    • Talk with us. You may also want to consider Dana-Farber's Sexual Health Program, which offers counseling, education, and treatment to help restore sexual functioning among cancer survivors.
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