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If I have ovarian cancer can I still have sex?

Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Stress from your diagnosis and the effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation will naturally affect your sexuality. Include your partner in your concerns, and share your feelings so that you can find other ways to share intimacy during and after treatment. Affection and love help stir sexual feelings.

After surgery, it will take some time for the upper part of the vagina to heal. Removal of the ovaries cause symptoms similar to those that occur during menopause so there may be a loss of libido and vaginal dryness. Ask your doctor about strategies to minimize symptoms from the loss of hormones due to removal of your ovaries.

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