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Changes in your sex life

Find out how salivary gland cancer may affect your sex life and things to help you cope.

How you might feel

Changes in your appearance as a result of cancer treatment may make you feel less confident about sex. These changes affect the way you feel about yourself and how you think others see you.

Talking about sex

Try talking to your partner about these feelings. It’s hard for them to understand unless you explain how you feel.

yyou will both gradually get used to your new situation if you are able to talk to your partner about your worries. A caring and loving partner can help to ease your concerns.

A few people have difficulty in speaking after surgery for some types of salivary gland cancer and this can affect your lovemaking. These difficulties are usually temporary and most people are able to talk normally within a few weeks after treatment.

Speech difficulties can affect your self esteem. Talking is not necessary during many sexual situations. Eye contact and touching are very powerful ways of showing your feelings.

Support and information

You may find it helps to talk to your nurse or doctor about difficulties with your sex life after treatment. They can refer you for specialist help if needed.

Last reviewed: 
01 Jul 2014
  • Cancer and its management (6th edition)
    Tobias J et al
    London, Blackwell Science, 2010

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