My cancer saga started when I was diagnosed at 38 with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I have a twisted sense of humor and have tried to continue that laughter and optimism on my journey...

Sexual Problems Breakdown

Vol. 8 The More You Know

Here is a cheat sheet addressing sexual health problems and cancer treatment. I found it online & made some modifications, and hopefully it will be helpful.

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Chart of female sexual problems & cancer treatment

    Treatment
    Low sexual desire
    Less vaginal moisture
    Reduced vaginal size
    Painful intercourse
    Trouble reaching orgasm
    Infertility
    Chemotherapy
    Sometimes
    Often
    Rarely – only if linked to menopause
    Often
    Rarely
    Often
    Pelvic radiation therapy
    Often, if sex is linked with pain
    Often
    Often
    Often
    Rarely
    Often
    Radical hysterectomy
    Rarely
    Often*
    Often
    Rarely
    Rarely
    Always
    Radical cystectomy
    Rarely
    Often*
    Always
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Always
    Abdominoperineal (AP) resection
    Rarely
    Often*
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Rarely
    Sometimes*
    Total pelvic exenteration with vaginal reconstruction
    Sometimes
    Always
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Always
    Radical wide local excision vulvectomy (or partial vulvectomy
    Rarely
    Never
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Never
    Conization of the cervix
    Never
    Never
    Never
    Rarely, only if scar tissue forms
    Never
    Rarely
    Oophorectomy (removal of one tube & ovary)
    Rarely
    Never*
    Never*
    Never – unless linked to menopause
    Never
    Rarely
    Oophorectomy (removal of both tubes & ovaries)
    Rarely
    Often*
    Sometimes*
    Sometimes*
    Rarely
    Always
    Mastectomy/Lumpectomy or radiation to the breast
    Sometimes
    Never
    Never
    Never
    Rarely
    Never
    Tamoxifen therapy for breast or uterine cancer
    Sometimes
    Often
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Rarely
    Need to use birth control
    Aromatase inhibitor therapy for breast cancer
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Sometimes
    Sometimes, if sex is painful
    N/A (only given to women after menopause)
*Vaginal dryness and size changes should not occur if you have one working ovary left or if hormone replacement therapy is given.
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About Amy Brock

Amy Brock is a cancer fighter and survivor. Diagnosed with Infiltrating Breast Cancer at 38 she has gone through chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, hormone therapy, and other procedures since 2013. Post treatment she has been diagnosed with lymphedema, chemo-induced neuropathy and bone degeneration in her back, as well as other issues including dysphagia, bilateral hearing loss, and arthritis. From being completely healthy, to having a variety of issues, Amy began blogging about her experiences as a way to help others. Read more about finding humor in the craziness of cancer at her blog www.tatawarrior.com Amy is the mother of two children and has worked for various non-profit agencies. In addition, she is a fine artist creating works in multiple mediums which can be seen at www.amybrock.com

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