Sex and Breast Cancer
This is another favorite topic. For most of us, sexuality is not one of the top three concerns at the time of diagnosis or active treatment (although I have known a few women who were exceptions to this generalization). As time passes, and we adapt, sort of, to treatment or begin to recover our physical and emotional selves after treatment, sex becomes important to most of us. As I have often said, having breast cancer is never a sexual aide. There are all kinds of assaults and insults to our bodies and psyches and we often have to relearn how our libidos and physical responses work best.
For many women, one big change is sudden menopause and the resulting vaginal dryness. I have a two page hand out on this topic that I would be happy to send to you (write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org), but here are my two top suggestions. You can't beat these two producs for cost, non-embarrassed purchase, or effectiveness: canola oil and Albolene. You know about canola oil; Albolene comes in a blue and white tub and is a skin cleanser. Look for it near other make up removers or cold creams. If you are also experiencing pain/discomfort with intercourse, try the Albolene. It is miraculous. The only caveat about these two suggestions is don't use canola oil and have sex on the beach--one woman did so, and the sand was a big problem.
This is all in introduction to an upcoming free teleconference from our friends at Living Beyond Breast Cancer:
Frankly Speaking: Sex After Breast Cancer
Register now for our next free teleconference, Frankly Speaking: Sex After Breast Cancer, on Thursday, March 17 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Learn more.
During our this teleconference, Susan Kellogg-Spadt, CRNP, PhD, will discuss the effects breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on your intimate life and share practical tips to enhance your desire and pleasure. This teleconference will help you:
- Understand the medical and emotional factors that affect your sex life after breast cancer
- Learn about medical therapies and pleasure-enhancing products that can improve your sexual desire and physical pleasure
- Explore ways to reconnect with your body and sensual self and communicate your needs to your partner
You may also be interested in these other programs about sex and intimacy.