We are all aware of the common side effects of cancer treatment like nausea and hair loss, but many patients are surprised to learn that some treatments may affect their sex life. Low libido is common during cancer treatment and can be frustrating for couples who want to maintain intimacy during treatment. Often, the treatment itself crushes libido, but stress can also play a major role in the loss of sexual desire.
Sex may be the last thing on your mind while undergoing cancer treatment, but intimacy is an important coping tool and stress reliever. Remember that intimacy does not always mean intercourse and there are plenty of ways to be intimate with your partner if you cannot have intercourse (see some creative ways here).
Want to learn more about increasing your libido during treatment? Click here for some tips and how your doctor may be able to help you increase your libido.