Have you lost sexual desire with cancer diagnosis?

Loss of libido is one of the most common complaints among women with cancer. But there are ways to deal with loss of sexual desire and improving your quality of life.

With a cancer diagnosis and treatment, you may feel tired and rundown, depresses, even embarrassed about your body image.Chemotherapy brings hair loss. Having a colostomy or ileostomy can dramatically impact sexual desire.  Yet there are no medications that can bring the sexual desire back you enjoyed before your cancer diagnosis. But there are things you can do to take care of yourself, regain confidence, and enjoy your sexuality again.

The following are five tips for dealing with loss of sexual desire with a cancer diagnosis:

  1. Books are a great way to start. Reading books together, as a couple, can facilitate healthy communication. Communicating with your partner is the best way to jump start your sexual desire.
  2. Start with what feels comfortable. Holding hands, cuddling, touching, and kissing is a great start.
  3. It’s common to feel uneasy about being naked in front of your spouse. Try using a special nightgown or clothing if that feels more comfortable to you, particularly if you are trying to cover an ostomy bag.
  4. Consider speaking to a stoma therapist if you have a colostomy or ileostomy
  5. Consider speaking with a counselor or sex therapist as a couple, allowing for an impartial opinion

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