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Changes in your sex life after nasal and sinus cancer

Men and women discussing nasal and sinus cancer

This page is about how nasal and sinus cancer may affect your sex life.

Not everyone who has cancer will have changes in sexual desire or how they feel about themselves sexually. But for some people the cancer, the side effects of treatment or changes in body image may affect the way you feel about sex.

Any changes in your appearance after nasal and sinus cancer treatment can make you feel less confident about sex. If you have sight problems, you will need to rely more on touch. Not being able to see your partner can be very difficult to get used to. 

These changes affect the way you feel about yourself and how you think others see you. Try talking to your partner about these feelings. It’s hard for them to understand, unless you explain how you feel. You will both gradually get used to your new situation and things will feel less awkward. A caring and loving partner can help to ease your concerns.

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.

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

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Updated: 26 July 2014