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It is surprising that the care teams of couples facing cancer rarely bring up sexual health during or after cancer treatment.
Last month, I had the honor of speaking to a wonderful group of women with cancer at Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During that talk, an interesting question came up: What is the difference between vaginal lubrication, moisturizer, and estrogen cream? When and why would each be used? This is an important question for women with cancer because different types of cancer or cancer treatments can cause vaginal dryness, skin irritation, and estrogen sensitivity. In this post I will give a brief explanation of each of these products and when or why women might use them.
**This is not a substitution for medical advice for women with cancer. Please consult your doctor with any questions.** [Read more…]
This blog entry is the first in a monthly series aimed at addressing some of the concerns around sexual wellness during and after cancer treatment. This is in no way meant to replace medical advice or psychological therapy. Always discuss with your medical support team any alternative therapies you might be incorporating into your treatment and recovery.
Sexual wellness is a journey, not a destination. Never is that more important to remember than when we hit a rough patch in the road. Cancer can be a major pothole in that road. Every person reacts differently to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and of course there are many different types of cancer, each with its own set of challenges. Some may find that cancer and its treatment have no impact whatsoever on their journey toward sexual wellness. Others may feel completely broken down and stranded in the middle of nowhere. [Read more…]