I'm almost 8 weeks post my initial surgery (total hysterectomy and left ovary removal where mass was) and 1 week post omentectomy and right ovary removal so I know it's premature. But I'm 40yrs old and prior to all this had a pretty good sex life with my husband. I desperately want it to be similar post all these physical changes. I know when I start chemo there is also a safety issue as I'll be cytotoxic at times.
Is anyone comfortable sharing about sexual changes post surgeries and treatments? I am going to ask my oncologist on the 15th but I would love feedback from women who have actually lived it.
There is a section in By Your Side that addresses intimacy (p.94-96) with some resources listed including 2 books by Anne Katz, "Women, Cancer, Sex" and "Sex When You're Sick: Reclaiming Sexual Health after Illness or Injury. " Surgery also puts you into immediate menopause which can also create new issues regarding sex along with treatment. You might want to check out www.menopauseandu.ca and/or www.hystersisters.com
Good luck at your Dr appointment today!
Hello everyone and @red1976 @kastoyles @Claudia @KarenMari53
I've posted below 2 very different, yet insightful articles.
How to feel closer:
Preserving Sexual Function in Women Treated for Cancer:
one such is http://www.repagyn.ca/ and can also be found over the counter (but sometimes kept behind the counter - just ask your pharmacist) or KY
I was so surprised...knew it could happen.
The sex ed nurse came to see me during chemo today to talk more about the dilators and also, b/c I am not on HRT, she suggested Vagifem for vaginal moisture and I think she said premarin, which is for maintenance.
@Ingrid_Canon....you should talk to your gyne onc and see if they will refer you to a sexual health counsellor or someone at your hospital that deals with sexual issues. The dilators should be free through them.
This started today online through De Souza institute
Gynecological Cancer Support Group: Restoring Body Image & Sexual Health After Cancer
Direct message me and I can pass you the info.... or you can connect here: