SEATTLE, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Breast cancer treatments, from surgery to chemotherapy, radiation and drugs likeTamoxifen, Raloxifene, and Aromatase inhibitors come with a host of both physical and emotional side effects. Pepper Schwartz, Professor of Sociology, University of Washington and co-author of the New York Times best seller The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples offers advice for the effects of poor body image, hair loss, mastectomy-related relationship issues and sexual dysfunction including loss of desire, painful sex, pain in breasts, and arousal issues.
"Sexual problems are reported in up to ninety percent of breast cancer survivors. Even among those that experienced healthy sex lives prior to a diagnosis may find that they have become too self-conscious to enjoy intimacy again, especially after a mastectomy," says Dr. Schwartz. "It's best for couples to openly discuss their sexual and emotional issues together for greater mutual understanding and to implement adjustments for a 'new normal'."
Here are tips on how to improve and navigate intimacy during and after breast cancer:
"Remember that honest communication with your partner is critical and intimacy or self-pleasure is important to your overall wellbeing and recovery. If you need a little extra guidance, chat with your health care provider to clear the air, dispel fears with fact and discover other solutions available," adds Schwartz.
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SOURCE Dr. Pepper Schwartz
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