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Sex and sexuality

For many women, breasts may be strongly connected with their sexuality. For some, intimacy after breast cancer can change a great deal. How you feel will depend on a lot of things, but remember to keep the lines of communication open between you and your partner. Don't be afraid to talk openly about how cancer and treatment is affecting your sex life. 


If there is a chance that you may become pregnant during your treatment, speak to your physician about treatments and the use of contraception. It is not recommended that you take the birth control pill, so you may have to use condoms and diaphragms, combined with spermicidal foam or gel. Talk to your health care team about your birth control options during and after your breast cancer treatment.


Some treatments for breast cancer, such as chemotherapy, can affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant. If you want to have children, it is important that you talk to your doctor about your fertility options as you’re planning your treatment.