- Question from Tootsie222: I have trouble having an orgasm. What should we do?
Your arousal time may well be different now, and it may take much more to bring you to full arousal. The tissues may not respond quite as easily and quickly as they once did, so you may have to be brought to climax in new ways, be that a tongue, sex toy, hand, or a lot more fantasy. You have to experiment with it all.
I do think, though, that all of us who go through breast cancer at some point go through a time when we are so focused on ourselves and what we're going through that we can't be distracted enough by anything to let go with an orgasm. If you're in that kind of an intense period, you may have to be satisfied with just sexual pleasuring but not reaching an orgasm for a while. To reach orgasm, we have to step out of ourselves so completely, let all the barriers down and let all our concerns go in that instant. You may not be able to do that right now.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. But you still can have some fun.
- Su Kenderdine Definitely!
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sleep or Sex? You Can Have Both! featured Carroll Kenderdine, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to maintain sexual intimacy during and after treatment, what to do for loss of libido and vaginal dryness, ways to reduce the fatigue related to breast cancer, and more.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2004.
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