Goodlovin’ with Dr. Cathy

The Cohabitation of Cancer and Sex

By Dr. Cathy

Cancer … a word no one wants to hear or even talk about, but it is unfortunately a large part of our reality and personally affects many individuals. It can alter so much – your energy, appearance and attitude. And it also can have a major impact on your sex life. 

Although not usually mentioned together, these two highly impactful and often taboo topics may intertwine at some point. 

If and when they do for you, what can you expect to happen in your sex life? Everybody and every diagnosis is of course different, so there is not a clear answer to this question. However, it is important to be aware of the sexual side effects cancer treatments may have on your body. 

For many, cancer protocols may not have any effect, but for others treatments may take a fundamental toll. Let’s unpack a few common experiences many may have throughout the duration of cancer treatments. 

Low energy/fatigue: This sounds very general, but cancer treatments take so much out of your body and it really creates a feeling far beyond any tired you have ever endured. The lethargy possibly may improve after treatments are complete, but many experience extreme fatigue for up to a year. 

Body image: Cancer can many times affect your outward appearance, but sometimes even if there are no changes physically, the treatments can still create a change in the way you feel about your body, which could make you feel less sexual. 

Change in hormones: Certain types of cancer can alter the amount of hormones in the body including, in many cases, sex hormones. Therefore, our desire for sex may be drastically decreased.  

If negative changes happen to occur sexually during and/or after cancer treatment, it does not have to be permanent. Inform your partner, physician and therapist about any concerns. 

Your health is the most important thing, so make sure it is being talked about. Different cancers and different treatments may or may not cause sexual side effects so make sure to stay educated and aware of what is happening with your body.  

To learn more about Dr. Cathy or to schedule a consultation, please visit or call 1.844.DRCATHY

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