- Question from Cris: Is it true as you're approaching menopause that you have to "use it or lose it"? I keep reading that if you aren't having orgasms regularly then you're going to dry up. Is that really true?
- Answers - Kara Nakisbendi While having orgasms helps with, obviously, pleasure and a release of endorphins and hormones even, it may be more about the vaginal tissue maintaining the elasticity. But it's not absolute, it really depends, I find, on the individual. Certainly, having sex for that reason and not for pleasure is not going to help, and it could make it worse. But if there's no avoidance or a discussion about not having sex due to side effects, it doesn't mean you'll have problems.
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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