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sexual wellbeing with ovarian cancer

An ovarian cancer diagnosis can bring physical and emotional changes affecting your relationship with your body and your sexual health. More than 80% of women with cancer experience sexual side effects from treatment, and these symptoms can be temporary or long-lasting.

During recovery, it is not uncommon to have concerns about body image and experience new symptoms such as painful sex and changes in desire.

The video below is the most comprehensive resource on sex and cancer that we have found, and features cancer experts discussing topics that include:

  • Getting your (sex) life back: tips for early menopause and painful sex after cancer treatment
  • What to expect during radiation treatment and how to manage short and long-term side effects
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy and pelvic pain
  • Communication and counselling resources, psychological concerns that arise with changes in your sexual health
  • Steams, lasers, libido pills, and “alternative” treatments: what is safe after cancer?

Please note that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is safe for most, but not all types of ovarian cancer. Please check with your oncologist first.

For more information on sex and cancer:

Understanding products

  • Read an NZ company’s guide to products including dilators, lubricants and vibrators, written in conjunction with Talk Peach Gynaecological Foundation

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  • Check out Nelson-based physiotherapist Restore’s shop

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Last reviewed: 16 January 2024