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Breast Cancer Has Sexual Impact on Both Survivors and Partners

Oct 31, 2017

Based on questionnaire results, two-thirds of the men were considered to have erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Over half of the men said their ED was moderate or severe.

The researchers also found that poorer erections were associated with greater sexual pain in women. They explained that couples may feel “pressured to have intercourse” and that a man’s worries about a woman’s pain could distract him, and, in turn, interfere with his erection.

The overall results “[underscore] the importance of involving both partners in sexual counseling after [breast cancer] treatment,” the authors wrote.


American Cancer Society

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(Last revised: August 8, 2016)

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Hummel, Susanna B., MSc, et al.

“Factors Associated With Specific Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Sexual Dysfunctions in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Study of Patients and Their Partners”

(Full-text. Published online: September 8, 2017)

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