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Breast Cancer Survivors Face Sexual Concerns

Breast Cancer Survivors Face Sexual ConcernsAfter breast cancer treatment, women may have a number of sexual health concerns.

According to a new report by the American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, breast cancer survivors may lose interest in sex, have trouble becoming aroused or lubricated, have difficulty reaching orgasm, or experience painful intercourse.

Women who undergo chemotherapy are more likely to develop sexual problems than those who are treated with surgery and/or radiation, the report said.  

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After breast cancer treatment, women may have a number of sexual health concerns, including this. (Click to tweet)

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Particular treatments may increase the likelihood of certain sexual issues, too. Women who take aromatase inhibitors (drugs that lower estrogen levels) often have vaginal dryness, pain during sex, diminished libido, and menopausal symptoms. Those who have radiation may lose sexual sensations in their skin.

Body image concerns are also common, especially for those who have undergone mastectomy, had changes in hair color or texture, or lost their hair permanently. Women may worry that such changes will make them less attractive to a partner.

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