- Question from Marvel: I feel like I'm never going to have the same physical appeal I once had now that I've had a mastectomy - even with reconstruction, it just isn't the same. I want to believe potential partners won't judge me based on this, but people are only human and some of them want real boobs on their partners. Do you have any insights on this issue?
- Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. I think that what's important is finding a partner who cares about you, the whole person. There might be somebody who wants someone with real boobs, but is he the person you really want to spend a lot of time with? Because there's lots of men out there who are very loving and caring when somebody that they date has had a mastectomy and isn't quite the same. Sometimes it may help to think about whether you demand such perfection in your male partners.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sex, Intimacy, and Breast Cancer featured Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. and Kara Nakisbendi, M.D.answering your questions about sexual side effects of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment, and what you can do about them.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2008.
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