Guide to Healthy Living: Sexual Health and Intimacy
“I’m going, ’Am I the only woman feeling this way with the super low libido?’” says Wenora, who has survived several kinds of cancer. “Don’t suffer in silence like I did. Talk to your gynecologist or oncologist.”
There is no right way to recover after your cancer treatment is over. Cancer is a disease that can affect many parts of life, including your sexual health. On your road to recovery, it is important to reestablish your sexual health and intimacy.
Finding your “new normal” after cancer treatment is a journey. That’s where this guide comes in. You’ll find expert information, practical tips, and trusted resources that can help you and your health care partners come up with a plan that feels right for where you are today. Let’s get started.
This guide can help you—
- Understand the common physical, emotional, and relationship aspects of cancer treatment or being in an intimate relationship with someone who has cancer.
- Reach out to professionals who can help.
- Talk to your partner about sexual issues.
- Understand what to expect and how to adapt to the “new normal” after cancer treatment ends.
Many cancer survivors have concerns about losing the ability to have children, and struggle with intimacy and body image after treatment.
Even for a couple who has been together a long time, staying connected after cancer can be a challenge at first. An open, honest conversation is key.