Sexual issues in women

What are sexual issues in women with cancer?
sexual issues in women having cancer

Sexual issues in women are characterized by a lack of energy or interest in sexual activity. Being intimate with and feeling close to your spouse or partner is important. Women undergoing cancer treatment may experience changes that affect their sexual life. Your doctor or nurse may talk with you about how cancer treatment might affect your sexual life.

How bad are sexual issues in women having cancer?

Mild to Moderate: The symptoms include inability to achieve orgasm; inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse; inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough for intercourse.

Severe: Visit your doctor if you experience, lack of desire for sex. inability to become aroused, pain with intercourse.

How to manage sexual issues in women with cancer?

Keep track of your symptoms using Ankr (myAnkr web portal or the Ankr app). It will help you describe the problem to your doctor or nurse.

  • Learn about treatments. Based on symptoms, your oncologist will advise you on treatment options. Several medicines, devices and exercises are useful to manage sexual health problems.
  • Vaginal gels, creams, lubricants or moisturizers may curb a dry, itchy, or burning feeling. vaginal estrogen cream is useful for some types of cancer.
  • dilator prevents or reverses scarring, if radiation therapy or graft-versus-host disease has affected your vagina.
  • Exercises for pelvic muscles can lower pain, improve bladder retention/ bowel function, and increase the flow of blood to the area. It can also improve your sexual health.
  • Condoms may prevent your partner’s exposure to chemotherapy drugs that may remain in vaginal secretions. Contraception is another option to prevent pregnancy.
  • Manage related side effects. Talk with your doctor about problems such as pain, fatigue (Tiredness)hair loss, loss of interest in activities, sadness, or insomnia, that may affect your sex life. It can help you get the treatment and support you need to feel better.
  • Get support and counseling. Share your feelings and concerns with people you are close to. You may also benefit from participating in a professionally moderated or led support group. Your nurse or social worker can recommend support groups and counselors in your area.
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