Normal for chemo to affect pubic hair?


Question from I am Curious Orange: I am a 10-year survivor. I did the chemo and my hair grew back nicely. However, my pubic hair is very sparse--heaven forbid, leaving a C-section scar visible. OK, I know I have a lot to be thankful for--and I am! Still, this makes me feel very shy. Is this a normal chemo thing, or is it just my age (51)?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. A decrease in pubic hair is often related to being thrown into menopause early. So that may be what you've experienced. There are some types of chemotherapy that make you lose all of your hair everywhere, like the Taxanes. It may take longer for pubic hair to come back compared to how long it takes for hair to return on top of your head. Until you are where you want to be, you might feel more comfortable with sexy underwear. Often, these body changes are much more noticeable to you than your partner. But of course, what's going through your mind usually has a more profound impact on your ability to experience sexual pleasure.
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Remember, too, that in some cultures, women shave their pubic hair and some men find the bare genitals more erotic.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2001, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Intimacy and Sexuality. Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about how breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affect your sex life.

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