Sex During or After Cancer
What to expect
Sexual health is an important part of life which can be affected by physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. While sex does not interfere with the cancer treatments themselves, it is common to experience a lowered sex drive while on treatment. This is usually because of treatment side effects, fatigue or feelings of anxiety and depression.
Fortunately, there are many different strategies to help with those concerns. Prior to engaging in sexual activities, please check with your oncology provider to learn about any safety sexual health precautions that need to be taken while undergoing treatment.
What does sex mean to you?
One essential step is to redefine what sex means for you. Physical intimacy and sharing love with your partner does not always have to lead to penetrative sex or an orgasm.
Here are a few suggestions to improve your sexual experience:
- Explore options to improve connection such as sensual touching, kissing, cuddling, etc.
- Block out set times to create a safe space where intimacy and comfort can grow.
- Do not set goals, but instead focus on being sensual and present with your partner.
While on treatment, it is advised to use a contraception during sexual intercourse to avoid pregnancy. The use of a barrier method, such as a condom, is recommended.
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