sex and intimacy

Breast Cancer Drugs: Preventing Cancer (and Sex, Too)

PJ Hamel Health Guide September 30, 2012
  • The national media are jumping all over a recent Swedish study revealing that the long-term drugs many survivors take to help prevent a recurrence of their cancer also prevent something else: a satisfying sex life. Gee, thanks for the info.; now what can we do about it?If you’ve been treated fo...

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    Oct. 01, 2012

    Thank you for addressing this too often avoided topic, P.J.  This problem recently provoked a lively discussion in another on-line support group to which I belong.  Women on hormonal treatments were concerned about lack of desire and vaginal dryness.  They have found that non-estrogen lubricants can help the dryness so that sex isn't painful,...

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    Thank you for addressing this too often avoided topic, P.J.  This problem recently provoked a lively discussion in another on-line support group to which I belong.  Women on hormonal treatments were concerned about lack of desire and vaginal dryness.  They have found that non-estrogen lubricants can help the dryness so that sex isn't painful, but they don't address the arousal issue.  Making intercourse comfortable again at least allowed for the emotional connection that physical intercourse provides them with their partner, but they mourned the loss of sexual satisfaction.  Most of these women were already Stage IV or at high risk for recurrence, so most of their doctors did not want them using anything with estrogen.

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