Cancer and the treatment you receive can have an impact on your sex life. There are ways to manage any problems that occur along with advice that can help you cope with these. 

Many changes caused by cancer treatment are temporary but some are permanent. Sometimes these get forgotten or overlooked because you or your healthcare team feel embarrassed or worried when talking about sex.

You may be worried about whether it is safe to have sex after being diagnosed with cancer. Generally, it is safe to maintain a normal sex life unless your healthcare team or doctor has advised making changes to your sex life because of treatment such as surgery, radiotherapy or high-dose chemotherapy as your body or immune system may need time to heal and recover properly.

Check out our sex and cancer topics for more information:

Trekstock Talk's Sex and Relationships

Lifting the Lid on Cancer and the Menopause

Let's Talk About Sex with Dr Phillippa Kaye

Shining a light on LGBTQ+ Sex and Cancer

Cervical Screening Infö, Advice and Tips

Cervical Screening Info and advice for trans men and/or non-binary people 

To check out our charity friends who can provide you with even more advice along with companies that can provide tips and products to help improve your sex life just head to our Sex and Cancer section on our Signposting page:

Charity friends