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Sex after laryngectomy

Men and women discussing laryngeal cancer

This page is about sex after a laryngectomy. 

A laryngectomy changes the way you speak and breathe and also your physical appearance. These changes may make you feel less confident about sex. You may be very conscious about your stoma. Covering your stoma may help you to feel less aware of it. If you are able to talk to your partner about your worries, this can help you both to gradually get used to your new situation. Things will start to feel less awkward. A caring and loving partner can help to ease your concerns.

Sometimes difficulties with speaking will affect your lovemaking. If you have learned another way of speaking, then you can use this. But it may take more effort and can change some of the spontaneous moments you and your partner may be used to. Remember, talking is not necessary during many sexual situations. Eye contact and touching are very powerful ways of showing your feelings.

There is more about sex after cancer in the coping with cancer section. 

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Updated: 30 July 2015