- Question from Fiddle de dee: Once my husband and I got over the hump of feeling fearful and awkward about resuming sex after my breast canceer, the result was great. We have hot, intimate times together without worry, and where the focus is just on feeling wonderful together. Does sex help us feel better, or is it just me?
- Answers - Debra Thaler-DeMers Sexual activity, especially good or wonderful sexual activity, releases endorphins, which are the body's natural morphine. So it is absolutely normal to feel better during and immediately after sex. In addition, the intimacy shared during sexual activity will also help you to feel better.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. It sounds like you have a very nice relationship with your husband, and it's certainly true that the best sex can occur within the context of a good relationship. I have some patients who have become more interested in sex after their breast cancer diagnosis. The way they explained it to me was to say that having sex made them feel more alive and in the moment at a time when they were feeling lifeless and isolated. Every woman has a unique response to all these new challenges in her life. You may be able to learn a lot from each other in support groups and in other forums where experiences can be shared in a private and safe and respectful setting.
- Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. For single women, don't despair, because a large survey of breast cancer survivors also found that women who developed a new relationship after their breast cancer were the most sexually satisfied group compared to all the other women in the survey.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Intimacy, Sex and Your Love Life featured Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., Debra Thaler-DeMers, R.N., O.C.N., P.H.N., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to improve your sex life during and after breast cancer treatment.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2002.
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