Chemotherapy and Sex life
Some individuals who undergo chemotherapy find that their sex lives are no longer the same. Emotions related to the treatment such as stress and anxiety, chances of survival, finances and thoughts about the family are very common among those undergoing chemotherapy. These emotions can be very disturbing and are an anathema to sex.
Certain side effects such as fatigue and tiredness can also create disinterest in sex. It must be noted that most of the side effects tend to wear off after the treatment stops.
Cancer is not contagious; undergoing chemotherapy should not prevent an individual from having or enjoying sexual activity. The drugs do not interfere with an individual's ability to indulge in sex. Some doctors believe that the drugs have an effect on the vaginal and seminal fluids. They advise their patients to use contraception for a few days after chemotherapy, to protect their partner.
Cancer cannot be passed on to one's partner during sex and neither will the drugs worsen the cancer. Talking to a health expert and also to one's partner will help to improve the situation.
Chemotherapy - References:
- MacDiarmid J.A. et al. (2007)
- "Bacterially Derived 400 nm Particles for Encapsulation and Cancer Cell Targeting of Chemotherapeutics" Cancer Cell 11, 431-445, May 2007