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Sexual Health After Cancer Treatment

 

Sexual problems that develop as a result of cancer treatments are often overlooked or misunderstood among women and their partners. It’s common for a woman who has cancer to struggle with body image issues, lose interest in sex or experience painful intercourse during or after cancer treatments.

Experts at the Maimonides Urogenital, Sexual Health and Intimacy Center (MUSIC) work with you to address these complex problems. We help you establish a new normal, provide techniques for dealing with side effects and help you enjoy your sexuality again. We are the only program in Brooklyn — and one of a select few in the nation — offering these types of dedicated services for women who have cancer.

 

Sexual Health and Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Abrupt hormone changes due to chemotherapy or hormonal therapy can cause vaginal dryness and other side effects. Physical changes from surgery or radiation therapy may also affect body image and diminish sexual desire.

You may experience one or more of these issues during or after cancer treatments:

  • Decreased desire

  • Hot flashes

  • Lack of arousal

  • Painful intercourse

  • Pelvic nerve damage

  • Premature menopause

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Vulvar symptoms

About the Maimonides Urogenital, Sexual Health and Intimacy Center (MUSIC)

The MUSIC Program is located in Maimonides Breast Center. Our women’s health experts offer sexual wellness assessments, treatments and education services. We help women of any age, sexual orientation or relationship status. We care for women who have undergone treatment for any type of cancer, including:

  • Bladder cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Colon cancer

  • Gynecologic cancers

Restoring Intimacy and Sexual Health After Cancer

We’re sensitive to your concerns. Our team of specialists takes the time to listen to you and offers personalized solutions that address your specific issues. Your care plan may include one or more of these therapies:

  • Education about the female anatomy, vulvar and vaginal wellness, and sexual health

  • Pelvic floor exercises, including dilator therapy

  • Referrals to specialists for problems with incontinence, intercourse or pain

  • Treatments to address pelvic pain

  • Vaginal lubricants or moisturizers

Contact Us

To learn more about getting a referral to MUSIC or to speak with a Maimonides women’s health expert, call 718-765-2754 or request an appointment online.