How to talk to partner about reconstruction?

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Question from Smith: I'm single and worried about how future partners will deal with my reconstructed breasts. What's a good way to explain the scars, lack of feeling, etc?
Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. I think that when you are close enough to a partner to be considering having sex together that it is important to discuss your history of breast cancer, or if you had the mastectomy as a preventive measure, perhaps your high risk. I think you need to be honest about why you have scars, and also tell your partner that breast caressing may not bring the same pleasure as it used to for you.

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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