Sex and cancer for women

Cancer and its treatments can affect how you feel about your body and your sex life. Find support to cope with treatment side effects, and your feelings about changes to your sex life.

Early menopause

Some types of cancer treatment can affect your sex life and sexuality because they can cause an early menopause. 

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapies are treatments for cancer that use hormones, or drugs that block hormones.

Sexuality and breast surgery

Breast surgery can affect how you feel about your body and sex.

Surgery to the pelvic area and genitals

You might need surgery to the womb, cervix, ovaries or genital area.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is used to treat many different types of cancer. Pelvic radiotherapy can cause symptoms such as vaginal dryness and loss of interest in sex. 

Chemotherapy and women's sexuality

Chemotherapy can affect your sex life in different ways. Find out about what might change and what can help.

Coping with a low sex drive

Find out how cancer and its treatment might affect your interest in sex (libido).

Coping with losing your fertility for women

The emotional impact of infertility can be very overwhelming. Get information and support to help you cope.

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