October 08, 2020 2 min read
"There are two big taboos in conversations about breast cancer. One is death. The other is sex." from page 171 of Marc Silver's highly-recommended book: "Breast Cancer Husband, How to Help Your Wife (and Yourself) Through Diagnosis, Treatment and Beyond."
Prof Elna McIntosh, our Mentor at MSH has survived breast cancer twice! She can also write a book about breast cancer. She also loves talking to patients about sex, so she is the perfect person to give us some advice regarding sex and breast cancer during BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
If you have sexual concerns, the following suggestions may be helpful:
- I am having some concerns about my sex life.”
- I am worried about how having cancer is affecting my sex life with my partner.”
- I am feeling sad because I do not feel the same way about sex.”
- How do I tell my partner that I feel unattractive since my cancer treatment?”
- Sex is painful for me. What can I do?”
Yes! Your SHP/gynae perform well-woman exams and screenings and your sexual health remains a very important component of your overall health, even if you have had breast cancer.. You can discuss the following with your them:
Sometimes they are also just a shoulder to cry on!
Certainly! The first thing you can do is to buy a decent silicone lubricant. You can also consider using a vaginal moisturiser. There are certain products that can be prescribed by doctors, under certain circumstances, with the permission of your oncologist that can also be very helpful. Reach out if you need help!
Written By Prof Elna McIntosh
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