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Many Cervical Cancer Survivors Aren’t Sexually Active After Treatment

Many Cervical Cancer Survivors Aren’t Sexually Active After TreatmentYears after treatment, almost 40% of cervical cancer survivors are not sexually active, a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study suggests.

Cervical cancer affects the cervix – the small, lower portion of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Depending on its severity, cervical cancer is treated in many ways. Women may have surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. A combination of approaches may also be used.

Unfortunately, cancer treatment can have a significant impact on a woman’s sexual health. She might feel less desire for sex and have trouble becoming sufficiently lubricated for comfortable intercourse. Her vagina might become shorter and narrower. She might feel self-conscious about the changes in her body and anxious about the future.

Some women stop having sex after cervical cancer treatment. Experts aren’t sure exactly how many, however, and researchers wanted to know more about the reasons why.

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