Sexuality and Fertility

Cancer and its treatment can affect the sexual well-being of an individual. Your body may undergo rigorous changes during your cancer treatment, which can often have lasting effects on your looks, libido and self-confidence. It is important to understand what you and your body are going through. For more information about coping with changes to your self-image during cancer treatment. Read more

Changes in your appearance, both during and after treatment, can be a source of major concern and anxiety for you. Some physical changes might be short-lived, while others may be permanent. Some common physical changes that cancer patients experience are hair loss, skin changes or scars, loss of limbs, or the loss of fertility. Going through a change like this can have a deep impact on the mental and physical well-being of a cancer survivor.

Having sex during treatment

If you choose to have sex during treatment, you may need to take certain steps to prevent pregnancy and protect yourself and your partner.

Preventing pregnancy

Certain types of cancer treatment can be extremely harmful to an unborn baby. Have an open discussion with your doctor about which methods of contraception you can safely use during treatment.

Protecting your partner

Small amounts of drugs such as chemotherapy can get into body fluids (including vaginal fluids and sperm). To protect your partner during intercourse, it is advisable to use a condom or other barrier method.

Protecting yourself

Your immune system may be suppressed or weakened during your cancer treatment. Practicing safe sex can protect you against sexually-transmitted infections and other diseases.

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