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Sex life after breast surgery

Updated: Tuesday, Jun 22,2010, 11:07:01 PM
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If you just learned you have breast cancer, your sex life may be the last thing on your mind. But as you move through the surgery and treatment, it is certainly interesting to think about how you can maintain and preserve your sexuality. This is because sex is so closely related to privacy. Having cancer can be very lonely, you need to touch and love that comes from intimacy, more than ever. In addition, sexuality helps you maintain a sense of normalcy, health and vitality, which are so important in the case of serious illness.

It is undeniable that cancer, whatever the type, can have a huge impact on your sex life. Anxiety and fear can only make you less interested in sex, not to mention the side effects of treatment and healing process after surgery.

But the breast cancer poses unique challenges. For many women, breasts are an important part of their sexual identity. Even if your breast cancer was discovered early and removed with breast conserving surgery rather than mastectomy, the study found little difference when it comes to your sex life. The good news, however, is that women who undergo lumpectomy report fewer problems with body image and greater feelings of sexual attraction. Unfortunately, this does not translate into more sex. Even women who had breast reconstruction after mastectomy does not report their increased interest in sex.

Breast surgery, of course, is a component of treatment. Products designed to reduce or stop production of estrogen in premenopausal women as tamoxifen or toremifene (Fareston) can cause vaginal changes, such as hair, thinner than the tissue is more likely to cause tears and sex painful. Aromatase inhibitors, which are increasingly used in the treatment of early breast cancer in postmenopausal women may also increase vaginal dryness, and contribute to sexual problems. Chemotherapy drugs can lead to weight gain, hair loss and skin changes that can affect self-esteem and reduce your libido. Moreover, the fatigue that often comes with cancer treatment can last sex on your list.

In addition, recognize that the recovery of a cancer-physically, emotionally and sexually takes time. In a survey of 50 women a year after breast surgery, 80 percent said they had no desire or decreased sexual desire. The women found that their illness affected their relationships with third say the main cause is related to feelings of helplessness physical

I invite you to talk with your partner about these changes in your body and how they make you feel. If you do not want intercourse, communicate clearly, but tell your partner that you still love and value him and still want and need to be touched and cuddled during this phase.

One study found that women with breast cancer more comfortable to talk about sexual issues with their partner than with a therapist. However, if you want to talk with a therapist, ask your doctor or oncology nurse for a referral to one who specializes in working with cancer patients.

You deserve a healthy sex life as much as you deserve to be in good health.

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