- Question from John B: I really want to support my wife and share the same intimacy we had before. But our sex life has pretty much disappeared, and I don't know how to get it back. Any advice?
- Answers - Marc Silver I think romantic gestures are a way to try to begin connecting again. Think of the way you wooed her. Set up a date, and don't expect everything to happen at once. Sometimes just a good cuddle or hug can be a start to intimacy. See the section in my book on sex toys with information from Marisa Weiss.
- Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. In the support group at our hospital, the women all talk about having a very diminished sexual interest. They're overwhelmed with the demands of treatment, worries about side effects, worries about the future, and the needs of children. Somehow sexual intimacy falls by the wayside. With the end of treatment and the entry into a new, normal life, most are looking forward to reestablishing intimacy, but slowly and gradually. So gestures of care and romance, as Marc suggests, are always welcome and helpful.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. Without the pressure.
- Marc Silver My wife has some advice that I share in the book. If you want sex but your wife doesn't, too bad for you.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Family and Loved Ones featured Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W., author Marc Silver, and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the issues surrounding family members and caregivers living with and caring for women affected by breast cancer.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2004.
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