- Question from Judy M.: I have had reconstructive surgery and it is time to decide whether or not to opt for nipple replacement. While it seems sensible to do so having come this far, I wonder if it is really worth it for this 65 year old, single woman.
- Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Research has shown that women feel more positive about their breast reconstruction when they add the nipple reconstruction. Some women say that after the nipple reconstruction, they felt more pleasure when their breast was touched. Even as a single woman or as a woman in her middle years (because to me now, 65 is middle aged!), I think it is worthwhile to have a nipple reconstruction just to feel more whole again. If you are unsure about going through the reconstruction, you may be able to get a prosthetic nipple made from silicone that can be glued on to your breast mound for several days at a time.
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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