Sexual health involves much more than sexual intercourse. It also encompasses the way an individual expresses herself sexually through her behaviour, mannerisms and relationships.1
Most people who have had cancer experience issues with sexuality and intimacy. Some cancer treatments may directly impact the body physically — whether through physical appearance such as hair loss, or other side effects like nerve damage, changes in hormone levels or limitations with using certain body parts.1 Others will shift the degree of sexual desire a woman experiences compared to before treatment. Many symptoms are temporary as the body repairs and recovers, yet some will be lasting.
It is important cancer patients and their families and caregivers understand the implications of treatment for a woman’s sexual health throughout cancer treatment and beyond.