Does sex life still exist after getting cervical cancer treatment?
Sex life after Cervical cancer is an important, but rarely discussed topic. Patients are physically and psychologically challenged in terms of intimacy after treatment of cervical cancer. The purpose of this article is to help patients with cervical cancer get through these challenges. The end of cancer treatment does not mean the end of sexual life.
Effects of cervical cancer on sex life
Cervical cancer occurs in the reproductive organs, and after treatment, the sexual ability and sexual life of the patient may be affected.
Radiotherapy may dry the vagina or become more susceptible to excessive irritation and pain.
Radiation therapy may result in shorter and narrower vagina, causing pain during sexual intercourse.
Chemotherapy itself does not affect the sexual function of the patient, but its side effects such as nausea and diarrhea reduce libido.
Cervical cancer treatment may affect the patient’s self-esteem and body image, which may lead to difficulties or sexual excitement.
In vitro radiation therapy, or when the ovary is removed, patients may enter menopause early, leading to some menopause sexual problems such as vaginal dryness.
Suggestions for Restorating Inintimacy
To get back to sex, you have to have some in-depth communication. Perhaps your partner has been acting as a caregiver for a while during your treatment, and now it’s not easy to suddenly return to the interaction pattern. There may be feelings of fear, sadness, loneliness, and even anger between partners, so it is necessary to let each other know these emotions in the process of trying to regain intimacy.
If you are single, it may be a shock for both parties to tell your new audience that you have cancer or are being treated. Some people talk about their cancer stories very openly, others choose to tell only a few. Anyway, with whom to share their health history is a freedom for everyone. If you don’t want to be framed by the cancer patient label, don’t tell someone you know about cancer, but let them know when you’re thinking about getting into contact.
Hormone replacement therapy
If the cervical cancer surgery allows you to enter menopausal early, consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to supplement the body with the lack of sexual hormones. However, if the cervical cancer treatment is radiotherapy, this treatment may not improve your vaginal dryness.
Ask for professional advice
You can seek psychological advice, or take the initiative to seek advice from physicians and caregivers who provide you with treatment and care.
You can ask your doctor about vaginal moisturizers and other products to improve vaginal dryness.