Breast Cancer and Sex
Ah, another chance to write about this favorite topic. As I have said before, a diagnosis of and treatment for breast cancer is never a sexual aide. For most women, concerns about intimacy are pretty far down the worry list in the beginning. During treatment, it is hard to feel desirable and womanly and hot when you are bald, nauseated, and hot from hot flashes. You may crave and need comfort and physical closeness, but it is probably more about tenderness and caring and love than about physican abandon.
Fortunately, it does get better. Although there may be permanant changes in our bodies and we may have to contend with the effects of menopause, almost all of us find our way back to a satisfying intimate connection with the person we love.
From Living Beyond Breast Cancer, here is an excellent transcript or podcase of an interview with Susan Kellogg-Spadt about these issues:
Frankly Speaking: Sex After Breast Cancer
Speaker: Susan Kellogg-Spadt, CRNP, PhD
Learn about the medical and emotional factors that affect your sex life after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Hear about medicines and safe ways to enhance your pleasure and improve your desire. Find out how to connect to your sensual self, gain acceptance of your body and communicate your needs with a partner.
Download the Transcript:
LBBCSexAfterBreastCancer11.pdf 194.66 kB PDF File
Download the Podcast:
Frankly Speaking-Sex After Breast Cancer_Kellogg Spadt_3.17.11.mp3 68.00 MB MP3 File