Talking about sex and chemotherapy
This page has information on talking about how chemotherapy can affect your sex life. It includes
If you are worried that chemotherapy might affect your sex life, it is important to talk to your doctor or cancer specialist nurse before your treatment starts. They will be able to tell you
- The general side effects to expect from your treatment
- How the side effects might affect your sex life
Try not to feel uncomfortable about discussing sexual problems with your doctor or nurse. If sex is an important part of your life, you need to know about any possible changes. Discuss your feelings and any worries with your partner too. Even though there's only a small chance you will have problems with sex, your partner may feel worried. Your partner could go with you if you decide to have a chat with your doctor or nurse.
As well as talking to your own doctor or nurse, you or your partner can contact an organisation that helps with relationships and sexuality issues. Some of these organisations have factsheets that they can send to you. To find out more about counselling look in our what is counselling section.
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