Will sensation return in nipples after reconstruction?


Question from Ahyay: After reconstruction surgery, is it possible I will ever get sensation back in my nipples?
Answers - Kara Nakisbendi Anytime you've cut nerves you feel numbness. The intensity of the numbness can diminish, but I'd say with the nipples usually the sensation doesn't return.
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. I think especially the really strong, erotic feelings from breast caresses is lost when the nerve is cut. But there was one study that found that when women had nipple reconstruction that felt as if their sensation returned again. So the mind is an important part of your sexual side.
Kara Nakisbendi That's interesting, because I see so many delay the nipple reconstruction part.

On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Sex, Intimacy, and Breast Cancer. Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. and Kara Nakisbendi, M.D. answered your questions about sexual side effects of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment, and what you can do about them.

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