Sexuality and Treatment Side Effects

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Treatments for metastatic breast cancer including surgery, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy cause changes to your body. These changes can impact your sex life.

  • Hormonal therapy can cause menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes.
  • Chemotherapy and other treatments can cause fatigue and, for some women, trigger sudden-onset menopause.

Even though side effects like these are common, only one in three women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer receive information from their healthcare provider about how treatments might affect their sex lives. So it’s worth asking your doctor how treatments might impact your body, your level of sexual desire, and your energy levels.

In these pages, you can read more about sexual side effects and ways to manage them:


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