Relationships and Sexuality

The anxiety and/or depression felt by some women after diagnosis or treatment can affect their sexual desire. Sometimes women feel that they are less sexually attractive. Tiredness following an anaesthetic, major surgery, radiation treatment or chemotherapy will also reduce sexual desire. Talk to someone you trust if you are experiencing ongoing problems with sexual relationships. Friends, family members, nurses or your doctor may be able to help. Your Cancer Society can provide information about counsellors who specialise in this area. The Cancer Society has published a booklet Sexuality and Cancer/Hōkakatanga me te Mate Pukupuku: A guide for people with cancer and their partners. This booklet can be obtained via the web address or 0800 number at the end of this booklet.