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What sexual problems may occur after cancer treatment?

Cancer and treatment can affect survivors in different ways. One area of life that might change is the ability to have or enjoy sex. These types of changes in women following cancer or treatment are sometimes referred to as female sexual dysfunction. The cause may be physical or emotional.

The following may be indicators that it is time to talk with your doctor about concerns related to sex after cancer treatment:

  • Loss of desire for sex
  • Negative thoughts and feelings during sex
  • Difficulty reaching climax
  • Vaginal dryness and tightness
  • Pain during sex or when your genital area is touched.

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