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Sexual Health

Sexual health is an umbrella term that includes how your sex organs (i.e. vagina, penis) function and your physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing in relation to your sexuality. Sexuality is the presence or absence of your sexual feelings, thoughts, attractions and behaviours towards other people.

Cancer and cancer treatment can impact your sexual health. This can include:

  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Difficulty having orgasms
  • Vaginal health concerns: vaginal dryness, pain with penetration (insertion of a body part or other object into the vagina)
  • Erectile dysfunction, pain with ejaculation, dry orgasms, climaturia (when a small amount of pee leaks out during an orgasm
  • Premenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, problems sleeping and irritability

There are different ways to help manage issues related to sexual health. If you are having any of the above issues, inform your health care provider. ​

Sexual Health Resources

Cancer and Sexuality

Vaginal Health

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Testicular/Penile Health

Sex with an Ostomy

Sexual and Gender Diversity in Cancer Care

Journal Articles and Studies

Support Services

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Last reviewed: 7/8/2024
Last modified: 7/9/2024 12:30 PM
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