“How’s your sex life?” Did your oncologist ask you this question at any time during your cancer experience? Chances are they didn’t. Statistically, less than 50 percent of cancer patients report having had any conversation with their doctors about their sexual health.
Why is this?
You are getting a lot of information and maybe you think this is not a priority. If the doctor doesn’t bring it up, you may think you shouldn’t either.
Well, let’s talk about it!
Your sexual health can be impacted by your cancer diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes this is a physical issue, sometimes it is an emotional issue. Sometimes it is both. Either way, it is important to know that by reaching out you can find help.
As a cancer survivor, you already know that there are things in your life that have changed. Your interest in sex may be different or you may be experiencing pain during sex. These are the two biggest issues that cancer survivors report. So, if you are dealing with either of these issues, remember two things; the first is you are NOT alone! The second is to TALK about your issues.
Who can help?
Start with your doctor; they can help navigate any physical issues. UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center also employs a team of social workers with a wide range of expertise available to discuss any survivorship issues. This includes a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained in sexual health counseling.
For more information, contact the UofL Brown Cancer Center’s M. Krista Loyd Resource Center at 502-562-4158.