How breast cancer can affect intimacy
Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having treatment will almost certainly affect how you feel about sex and intimate relationships.
You may not feel like having sex or being intimate at a time when you’re dealing with breast cancer, or you may find that sex helps you feel more normal during an uncertain time.
How breast cancer affects you sexually will be unique to you, but these pages may offer useful tips and information.
Coping with changes to sex and intimate relationships
If you’re in a relationship, you may find that it changes after a breast cancer diagnosis. Or you may be worried about starting a relationship in the future.
Treatments for breast cancer can have physical and emotional effects such as pain and sensitivity, and menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness.
You may be anxious about your first sexual experience following your diagnosis, or worried things won't be the same as before.
Changes to your body
Any changes to your body (for example hair loss, and changes following surgery) can affect your confidence and feelings about yourself. This can affect how you feel about sex, how you relate to a partner or how your partner relates to you.