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Will cervical cancer affect my sex drive?

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Chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cervical cancer can cause loss of sexual desire, pain, and vaginal dryness. A radical hysterectomy also can cause vaginal dryness and lack of sex drive, but you can use lubricants or vaginal moisturizers to help relieve some of the dryness and other symptoms. Your doctor might also talk to you about hormonal therapy.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can I get another cancer after having cervical cancer?” “What is cancer recurrence?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fertility preservation in women with early-stage cervical cancer (Beyond the Basics).”

The Tech Museum of Innovation: “Ask a Geneticist: Is cervical cancer hereditary?”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Cervical Cancer Screening.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can I get another cancer after having cervical cancer?” “What is cancer recurrence?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fertility preservation in women with early-stage cervical cancer (Beyond the Basics).”

The Tech Museum of Innovation: “Ask a Geneticist: Is cervical cancer hereditary?”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Cervical Cancer Screening.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

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