Experiences with Sexual Side Effects

Having cancer can affect your sex life. Fatigue and poor body image resulting in cancer or chemotherapy treatment is a big factor to loss of libido during cancer. Cancer treatment side effects in men include lower sexual desire, erectile dysfunction (ED), problems with ejaculation, nerve damage in the prostate, short term or long term sperm damage, and sometimes infertility. Cancer treatment side effects in women include lower sexual desire, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, early menopause, pain during intercourse, fewer or irregular periods, bleeding after intercourse due to thinned vaginal lining, and sometimes infertility. Some people notice little to no change in their sex life during cancer, and some people lose the desire completely. It is important to have safe sex during cancer treatment because some treatment can cause birth defects. It is also important to communicate with your mate and your doctor about these side effects and any major concerns.

You can know about all the side effects, but it is different when your sex life begins to be directly affected by cancer. A lot of cancer patients and their mates consider it to be the pink elephant in the room. WhatNexter’s with sexual side effects seek advice on what to do when their partners are frustrated with their low sexual desires. Others ask, ‘Will I ever have the desire for sex again?’ or ‘When will I feel human again?’. The good news is that after cancer treatment most people find that their sexual desires return to normal and their self-confidence is much higher. If you find that it is hard to regain a normal sex life after cancer treatment, then you can see a sex therapist or attend sexual rehabilitation programs. For more firsthand insights on how cancer can affect your sex life look below.

    • JamnJ
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    Yeah. No testosterone, no interests!

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    7 months ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    No sex drive whatsoever

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    • Jay
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, P...
    about 1 year ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    My intimacy has all but disappeared with my partner. He is very understanding. I'm lucky. My XXX looks strange and it just doesn'...

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    • fredntan
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    vaginal atrophy

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    • Turkeybaby
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    You betcha. Too painful to try after the second treatment. Just forget it. No amount of any kind of lube will fix that! Thanks m...

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    • ERP-CAT
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    Today I started hormone therapy. My biggest fear is how I will react from the sexual point of view, you can help me?

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    • Angieslp
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    over 2 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    Radiation has killed my desire and sensation

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    • silvern8v
    • Experience with Poorly Differentiate...
    over 2 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    Don't know if I will ever want to be touched again, feel like a gutted animal.

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  1. over 3 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    Painful intercourse

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    • dreadrum11
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    over 3 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    Can't even have an XXX. So depressing.

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    • Lindasch
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    over 3 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    My husband and I have not had sexual relations since the mastectomy and chemo. I have no desire whatsoever.

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  2. over 3 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

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    Constantly exhausted and unable to focus or concentrate.

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