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Sexual Health

Sexuality is your perception of yourself as a sexual being, who you are attracted to and choose to be sexual with, and what you choose and want to do sexually.

Cancer treatment can affect sexuality, often resulting in a loss of libido (sex drive), difficulty maintaining an erection, and premature menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, problems sleeping and irritability. If you are experiencing these issues, inform your health care provider.

Your doctor and nurse may prescribe medication or recommend lubricants and creams to treat these changes to your body.

Support Services

Canadian Cancer Society
ELLICSR: Sex and Intimacy
Therapy Tribe: A Unique Therapist Directory
BESTCO: Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy & Counselling in Ontario

Other Resources


How to find a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Overview of the Human Reproductive System Colouring Book
Cancer and Sexuality Pamphlets
Journal Articles and Studies

Back to Clinic

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https://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/Education/Continuing_Education_Programs/Pages/continuing_education_programs.aspx
Last reviewed: 6/20/2022
Last modified: 9/25/2023 12:20 PM
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