If you’re reading this, chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by cancer. You may be familiar with cancer screenings, types of cancers and various treatment options, but how familiar are you with the effect that cancer can have on sexuality and intimacy?
Unfortunately, there is a massive lack of awareness about the way that cancer can affect your sex life. The average cancer patient typically doesn’t know what kinds of questions to ask about sex after cancer, and even if they did, they’d be lucky to find a physician equipped to answer them. Assuming they were fortunate enough to be paired with an informed doctor, most oncologists report that they don’t have time to answer questions about sexual health. This is a major problem because sexual health and well-being is important. Studies demonstrate a link between sexual satisfaction and happiness, relationship satisfaction, feeling one’s life is meaningful and overall physical health.