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Younger Breast Cancer Survivors Have Sexual Challenges, Too

A recent paper published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer looked at the sexual lives of 43 women between the ages of 20 to 35 who had been diagnosed with breast cancer at least six months before the study.

The women completed a series of questionnaires on their lives before cancer and the quality of their sexual lives during treatment and in general.

Over half of the women reported sexual problems. The most common problems were low desire and trouble with orgasm.

Such problems are often experienced by breast cancer survivors. Past research has shown that many women struggle with diminished interest in sex, poor lubrication, painful intercourse, and orgasm difficulties. Body image is another frequent concern, as women may feel self-conscious or less attractive if they have undergone mastectomy or lost their hair to chemotherapy.

In the current study, almost half the women said they wanted follow-up from their doctors for sexual problems related to cancer, but only 7% actually received it.

What can women do? When visiting your oncology team, don’t hesitate to bring up your concerns about sexuality. Many sexual problems can be treated. For example, women experiencing vaginal dryness might consider a lubricant. Those who feel uncomfortable with their body might try counseling.

While you might feel that survival takes higher priority, don’t forget that your sex life is still an important part of your overall well-being.

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