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Sex and chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can sometimes affect your sex life. It can affect men and women differently. It's important to avoid pregnancy while you're having chemotherapy.

About sex and chemotherapy

Some people carry on with their sex lives as normal during chemotherapy. Others find their treatment changes how they feel emotionally or physically.

Sex and chemotherapy for women

Some women find that chemotherapy does not affect their sex lives. Others find that their sex life changes, but goes back to normal after the treatment.

Sex and chemotherapy for men

Some men lead normal sex lives during treatment. Others find that their sex lives change, but go back to normal afterwards.

Talking about sex and chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can sometimes affect your sex life. Talk to your doctor or cancer nurse before your treatment starts, if you're worried about this.

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