How might cancer and its treatment affect your sex life?

Having cancer does not mean that you are no longer a sexual person. With support and clear communication, you will still be able to enjoy fulfilling sex.

There are four main ways that cancer and its treatment can affect your sexuality. It can affect:

  • being able to give and receive sexual pleasure
  • how you see yourself
  • feelings, such as fear, sadness, anger and joy
  • roles and relationships.

Cancer and its treatment may cause changes that are only temporary. If they are long-lasting or permanent, you can find new ways to enjoy sex.