About sexuality and sex life

Cancer and its treatment can affect how you feel about your sexuality and sex life. Knowing what is normal for you can help.

Female sexual and reproductive organs

The female sexual organs include the vagina, vulva, clitoris, cervix, womb, ovaries, urethra and back passage (anal area).

Male sexual and reproductive organs

The male sexual organs include the penis, testicles and prostate gland.

Your sex life and what can change it

Cancer and its treatments might affect your sex life. It can help to know what is normal for you so that you can understand any changes that happen.

How cancer can affect your sexuality and sex life

Get information about practical issues, confidence, emotions, and changes in your body.

Sex and cancer for women

Find information about how cancer and treatment might affect your sexuality. Read about what might help.

Sex and cancer for men

Get information on how to cope with the changes that cancer, or cancer treatment, might have on your sex life.

Coping with a low sex drive

Cancer and its treatment can make you lose interest in having sex. For many people this is temporary.

Sex and cancer if you are single

If you are single and have cancer, you may have concerns about starting a new relationship, dealing with infertility or coping with rejection. 

Sex and cancer for partners

Get tips on how to deal with any changes in your sex life if your partner has cancer.

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with changes to your sex life or sexuality.

Last reviewed: 
18 Oct 2021
Next review due: 
18 Oct 2024