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Depression is linked to high levels of sexual difficulties not just for women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and their partners, but also for women and men in general. In fact, 70% of men and women who suffer from depression and are not taking medication for it lose interest in sex.

A side effect of many depression medications and metastatic breast cancer treatments is -- you guessed it! -- loss of desire for sex (libido). So uncovering the reasons for a loss of sexual desire can sometimes feel like the “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” game.

If you are feeling depressed, it’s important to let loved ones know and possibly seek the help of a therapist or counselor. Visit our side effects section to learn more about strategies to manage depression.


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