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Beyond “At Least You Are Alive”
Sexual health is a multidimensional construct that goes beyond intercourse to include intimacy, body image, desire, arousal, orgasm, and relationship satisfaction.
Changes in sexual function are multifactorial and complicated by issues beyond cancer and it’s treatment, further necessitating specialized care.
Common myths about sexuality after oncology care:
- Sexuality is a luxury one cannot afford in a fight for survival; just be grateful to be here
- It will get better with time or sexuality is not possible or dangerous in a diseased body
- Sex is only about penetration or orgasm; sexuality and intercourse are identical
- Sex isn’t relevant to discuss if you are single
- You are too old for sex anyway