Dr. Harness explains when a woman can engage in sexual activity after a mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
I know of no limit to that. In other words, there, there isn’t a maximum timeframe or a minimum timeframe. It’s how she is feeling about the operative site. Is the operative site not painful anymore? How is she feeling about her own body image, which is obviously a real issue? How is her partner feeling about her body image at this time? It’s a really complex issue, but from a pure physical perspective, I don’t know of any minimal time that people should avoid sexual activity.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.