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After Childhood Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction More Common in Women

After Childhood Cancer, Sexual Dysfunction More Common in WomenWhen female pediatric cancer survivors reach adulthood, they are more likely to have sexual problems than their male counterparts, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Cancer treatment can affect sexuality in several ways. For example, surgery and radiation can damage nerves associated with sexual responses, like erections and vaginal lubrication.

While more pediatric cancer patients are surviving into adulthood now, there has been little research on their sexual function, and previous studies have had mixed results.

For this study, scientists wanted to learn about the rates of sexual dysfunction among pediatric cancer survivors based on standardized questionnaires. They asked 28 men and 29 women to participate in an anonymous online survey. Just under three quarters of the group was sexually active.

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