Sexual Dysfunction and Breast Cancer

November 16, 2022

Before discussing reading this review, it is important to note that all breast cancer journeys are different and individualized. Individuals should consult with their physicians for further questions.

According to recent research, many women living with a breast cancer diagnosis may experience sexual dysfunction. Despite the prevalence of sexual dysfunction related to cancer therapy, most female cancer survivors do not always receive the necessary information, support, or treatment for these conditions (Bober & Krapf, 2022). In a study by Primeau (2022), researchers found that most women with a cancer diagnosis experience dysfunction in at least one of the following areas:

  • Dysfunction in vaginal lubrication
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Clitoral discomfort
  • Labial discomfort
  • Impaired ability to orgasm
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Decreased satisfaction with sex life

According to Bober and Krapf (2022) “sexual rehabilitation should encompass both physical and emotional aspects of function that have been disrupted in order to maximize the potential for both short- and long-term sexual recovery.” (Bobyer and Krapf, 2022). Read more HERE.


References

Bober, S. L., & Krapf, J. (2022) Overview of sexual dysfunction in female cancer survivors. Up To Date. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/overview-of-sexual-dysfunction-in-female-cancer-survivors#:~:text=Sexual%20dysfunction%20is%20one%20of,arousal%2C%20orgasm%2C%20and%20pain.

Primeau Belvins, A. S. (2022). Sexual Dysfunction May Be Common Among Women With Cancer. Cancer Therapy Advisor. https://www.cancertherapyadvisor.com/home/cancer-topics/general-oncology/cancer-women-sexual-dysfunction-common/

Wettergren, L., Eriksson, L., Bergström, C., Hedman, C., Ahlgren, J., Smedby, K., Hellman, K., Henriksson, R., & Lampic, C. (2022) Prevalence and risk factors for sexual dysfunction in young women following a cancer diagnosis – a population-based study, Acta Oncologica, DOI: 10.1080/0284186X.2022.2112283   https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36176069/

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