We’ve talked about lots of practical issues that cancer patients deal with, but one topic we’ve neglected is cancer and sex. Contrary to popular belief, sex and intimacy don’t have to stop when cancer enters the picture, and in this episode, we explore some helpful tips for navigating the world of sex and relationships in the midst of illness.
Welcome to Episode 2 of Cancer Companion!
This week, we’re talking about sex.
There’s no doubt that living with cancer changes things in your life, but a diagnosis doesn’t mean that sex and intimacy should be completely off limits. In fact, we know that many couples worry about sex, but feel too nervous to talk to their doctors about it.
In this episode, we speak with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Leslie Schover. Leslie is the Founder of Will2Love; an organisation that helps cancer patients to navigate sexuality and fertility through evidence-based self-help programs, access to telehealth advice, patient forums, and psychological counselling. We ask Leslie why sex might change during the cancer journey, and what you can do to cope with these changes – on your own, or with a partner.
Can I stay sexually active during cancer? Is cancer sexually transmitted? Can I still have sex after a hysterectomy? Is it safe to have sex during chemo? We’ve answered all these blush-inducing questions and more, to help you feel more confident in the tricky territory of cancer and sex.