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A Third of Cervical Cancer Survivors Feel Sexual Distress

A Third of Cervical Cancer Survivors Feel Sexual DistressFor cervical cancer survivors, it can be difficult to adjust to changes in sexuality. Pain, poor lubrication, and anxiety are common issues, and it takes time to feel comfortable with sex again. For some women, the situation causes great distress. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Psycho-Oncology estimates that about a third of cervical cancer survivors feel sexual distress.

Cervical cancer affects the cervix, a short cylinder-shaped organ that connects the uterus and the vagina. Typically, the cervix contains mucus that protects the uterus from bacteria. Once a month, when a woman ovulates, the mucus becomes thinner, allowing for more sperm to pass through and fertilize the egg.

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 13,000 cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018.

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