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What can I do to get my sex drive back after cancer?

By Anonymous November 6, 2011 - 10:14pm
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I had Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood soft tissue cancer. It was in the back of my pelvis. I received extensive chemotherapy, radiation to the pelvis and suffered severe weight loss (22lbs at one point). Before I found out about my cancer (age 16), my libido was great. I am now 21 years old, cancer free and struggling to keep a relationship steady. My longest relationship has been 4 months and I feel it is because I am so insecure about my libido or lack thereof. How can I repair this problem and feel more secure in the bedroom?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question.  So sorry to hear this.  Here are some things you can do to help you cope with low libido.

Communication with your partner is key

Besides your partner, the first person you should discuss your sexual side effects with is your doctor. (especially your oncologist)

Seeing a counselor that specializes in sex can be beneficial during and after treatment

There are many herbal supplements on the market that claim to boost the libido naturally, but these may interact with your current treatment and cause adverse effects.

It's important to talk to your doctor and explain all your symptoms, he might be able to prescribe medication that will help in boosting your low libido.

Here's a link that can help.







November 7, 2011 - 8:05am
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