About sexuality and sex life

Cancer and its treatment can affect how you feel about your sexuality and sex life.

Women's sexual and reproductive organs

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

Men's sexual organs

The male sexual organs include the penis, testicles and prostate gland. The male sex hormones are also important for a man’s sexuality and sex life.

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

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

Sex and cancer for women

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

Sex and cancer for men

How treatment might affect your sex life and how to cope with the changes.

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

Find out about how to support your partner if they have cancer. You may also be wondering how to deal with any changes in your sex life.

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
24 Jul 2018
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