SEXUALITY and INTIMACY for Women after Cancer. Karen Syrjala PhD Co-Director, Survivorship Program Director, Biobehavioral Sciences. a member of the. Topics:. How does cancer affect sexuality for women? What can you do about it?. What female survivors say:. “Zip, zilch, nada, gone.”
Karen Syrjala PhD
Co-Director, Survivorship Program
Director, Biobehavioral Sciences
a member of the
“Zip, zilch, nada, gone.”
“Since my treatment I have had no desire and have not been able to reach an orgasm. My partner does not know about my lack of interest, it would hurt him.”
“I really would like to have the feeling of love again or orgasm. You wonder what you are doing wrong.”
“Same partner, much less sex. Both of us are content, but miss being frequently and spontaneously sexually intimate. Dry vagina and yeast infections are a drag.”
“My body had changed so much I felt very unattractive and not sexy at all. I thought that he would find me repulsive…”
“We have a healthy sex life. My partner is patient with me!”
Women recover in sexual frequency rates by 2 years, but do not fully recover in quality.
Women remain below rates for without cancer in frequency and quality.
40-60 % of women are not sexually active at each time point
Syrjala et al. Blood, 2007
Who has more problems?