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What kind of sexual side effects can treatment for cervical cancer cause?

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Chemotherapy can stop your ovaries from making estrogen. That can lower your sex drive or lead to vaginal dryness. Your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy or an estrogen cream.

Radiation therapy in your pelvic area can damage your ovaries and change in your vaginal lining. Talk to your cancer treatment team and with your partner about ways to ease your symptoms, or how to stay intimate without intercourse.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is cervical cancer treated?,” “Lifestyle changes after having cervical cancer,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Benefits of good nutrition during cancer treatment,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Once treatment starts,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment - Appetite changes.”

Comprehensive Cancer Center -- University of Michigan Health System: “Looking Your Best.”

Look Good Feel Better: “Program Description.”

Foundation for Women’s Cancer: “Other Resources.”

Cancer and Careers: “Wigs for Cancer Patients,” “Skin Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “How does cancer treatment cause sexual side effects?”

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center: “The Treatment Mind Game: How to Feel Better During Chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Living Beyond Cervical Cancer.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is cervical cancer treated?,” “Lifestyle changes after having cervical cancer,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Benefits of good nutrition during cancer treatment,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Once treatment starts,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment - Appetite changes.”

Comprehensive Cancer Center -- University of Michigan Health System: “Looking Your Best.”

Look Good Feel Better: “Program Description.”

Foundation for Women’s Cancer: “Other Resources.”

Cancer and Careers: “Wigs for Cancer Patients,” “Skin Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “How does cancer treatment cause sexual side effects?”

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center: “The Treatment Mind Game: How to Feel Better During Chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Living Beyond Cervical Cancer.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

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