How does cancer affect your sex life?
Having cancer doesn’t just affect your health - the experience can touch all aspects of your life. One of the things that can change is your sex life. Physical effects of surgery, side effects from treatments, and the big emotions that come along with a cancer diagnosis can all change how you feel about sex.
If you don’t feel like having sex, that’s totally understandable! If you’re in a relationship, it’s really important to let your partner know how you’re feeling, what you’re comfortable doing and what you don’t want to do right now. Feeling comfortable and supported while you’re dealing with cancer is the most important part of a relationship, and if sex is not a priority for you during this time, it’s important to talk about this openly together. There are still plenty of ways to remain close and intimate with your partner without having sex.
However, whether you’re in a relationship or single, sexuality might be an important part of who you are and how you feel. If it’s important to you, it’s worth thinking about how you can accept the changes that might be happening to your body and your emotions. This could help you find a way to feel comfortable with your sexuality and relationships while living with cancer. If you feel open to it, there are lots of things you can try to deal with different issues you might be having.
This guide will cover:
- Body confidence
- Getting in the mood
- Fighting fatigue
- Overcoming limited movement