- Question from Martha: I've just recently gotten over my short term battle with breast cancer, but I haven't even thought about being a wife to my husband as of yet. Is this normal? He hasn't mentioned it either. What should I do?
- Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Many couples go through a period where they discontinue their sex life. This only becomes a problem if the partners do not make an effort to be sexual with each other again once the major stress of the diagnosis and short-term treatment is over. Getting back to normal may be easier if you start slowly. As we said earlier, try some kissing on the couch or giving each other back rubs, or taking a bath or shower together.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. A candlelit dinner or have fun with a popular book called 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex—Secret Sealed Seductions for Fun Loving Couples.
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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