Cancer affects the sex life in several ways
Many of our most common cancers, such as breast cancer, prostate and abdomen, affects the sex life in a negative way. Both during the disease, but often also a long time afterwards.
Between 25 and 50 percent of all people with cancer get some kind of chronic sexual problem. As more and more people are cured from cancer, these problems become an increasingly common issue.
All forms of cancer treatment can affect the sexual aspects of life, no matter what part of the body the cancer is in.
Several of our county councils have noted this and offer sexologist contact in connection with cancer rehabilitation. It is important to ask your treating physician if the disease will affect anything sexually and if so how.
Brief on sexuality and cancer
Sex drive usually disappears when the disease takes over the ordinary life. It may be harder to feel attractive to ones partner. Stress and anxiety affect all lust, not least the sexual. There is some tricks to find the lust. Read more about lust and sensuality.
We have had the need for body contact since birth. When we are not doing well, the need is greater than ever. Nevertheless there is a risk that we will pull away, or our partners will not dare to approach because of the fear of not being welcome in the midst of the disease. A moment of body contact reduces worry and creates simultaneous intimacy. Sensuality training is a method recommended by sexologists to get started when the sex life and intimacy have ceased.
Communicating feelings and needs to a partner is one of the most important factors for a good relationship. Many couples have difficulty talking about the innermost and most private, like how they want sex. In addition, having a serious illness that affects the sex life negatively does not make the conversation easier. Sometimes a third party to talk with can be very helpful.
After cancer treatment, sexual ability may deteriorate. Belladot offers several aids that fit well. In case of problems with the erection, erectile pump and penis rings are helpful. In case of reduced sensitivity after radiation a vibrator can be helpful. Treatment with hormones, radiation and cytostatics can make the delicate mucous membranes of the genitals fragile. A pH-balanced lubricant can if so be recommended.