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Breast Cancer Has Sexual Impact on Both Survivors and Partners

Scientists estimate that between 45% and 77% of breast cancer survivors develop sexual problems after treatment, from low desire and poor lubrication to painful intercourse. However, new research suggests that their partners are also affected sexually and that both members of the couple could benefit from counseling.

The September 2017 study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, analyzed the sexual experiences of female breast cancer survivors who had formal sexual dysfunction diagnoses according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), a resource published by the American Psychiatric Association.

One hundred sixty-nine women and 67 male partners, all living in the Netherlands, took part in the study. The participants provided information about their sexual function, psychological distress, and relationships.

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