- Question from Alex: I've just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was told I might have to lose one of my breasts. My hubby wants me to get an implant but I'm afraid it won't be the same. Does it make a difference sexually?
- Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. When you have breast reconstruction, whether it is with an implant or with your own tissue, the new breast will not have the same sexual sensation as your breast did before. The nerve that helps you feel sexual pleasure when your breast is touched will be gone after surgery. The new breast will often feel numb at first, and will never regain the same kind of feeling. Having breast reconstruction can help a woman feel more attractive and more whole, however. Women who have lumpectomies tend to enjoy breast caressing somewhat more than women who have a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. It is very important to have a breast reconstruction because it is what feels right for you, and not only to please a partner.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Intimacy and Sexuality featured Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affect your sex life.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2001.
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