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Q. What with all the side effects I had during chemotherapy, I really wasn’t in the mood for sex very often. And now that I’m done with chemo, I’m finding I’m still not in the mood… and even when I am, it’s painful! What’s going on? A. Well, for once those powerful chemo drugs aren’t the primary cause of these new aggravating side effects: loss of sexual desire, and painful intercourse. Instead, the villain is your body’s lack of hormone production, brought on by menopause, brought on by, yes, those chemo drugs. Most pre-menopausal women go into what’s called chemical menopause or instant menopause during chemotherapy. And if you were going through menopause when you started chemo, the drugs will only increase your symptoms. This chemically induced menopause, unlike the long, gradual process most women go through naturally, is intense. The drugs immediately diminish your ovaries’ and adrenal glands’ production of es...
When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you quickly reach a whole new level of stress – probably one you never knew existed. By breaking that high anxiety you’re feeling into smaller, individual challenges, it’s easier to see solutions – and a path out of the darkness.
For most of us, breast cancer is the biggest health issue we’ve ever faced.
It’s certainly not a nagging cold. It’s scarier than the flu. And longer lasting than a broken leg. And although pregnancy goes on for 9 months and can include some pretty difficult moments, at the end there’s a nice reward: a baby.
But cancer? There’s not much of a silver lining when you’re faced with the fight of your lif… for you life.
It’s not surprising that many of us actively dealing with cancer feel stressed much of the time.
There’s just SO much to worry about, so many decisions to make – and often, so li...
Stress can wreck havoc on your health. And if you have asthma, you no doubt know that stress can cause asthma symptoms. The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic – from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. Researchers estimate that 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, related to stress. And every week, approximately 112 million people take some form of medication for stress-related symptoms. Combine stress and asthma, and the result can be shortness of breath, panic attacks, a feeling of anxiousness, and a whole lot of worrying. In short, when stress rears its ugly head and you have asthma, you may trigger an asthma attack.“Asthma can be set off by stress, but I am not sure that anyone fully understands why,” says Dr. Marjorie L. Slankard, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Ph...
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