Recent evidence shows that problems with intimacy and sexual well-being may be one of the most significant changes following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Many women report a decrease in frequency of intimacy, a lack of interest in sexual activity, menopausal symptoms which may contribute to dryness and/or pain with intercourse and body image changes.

It is estimated that up to 65% of women will experience sexual dysfunction following a diagnosis of breast cancer. A study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment surveyed women with a history of breast and/or gynecologic cancer and found that 55% reported vaginal dryness, 39% reported vaginal pain, and 51% experienced loss of libido. Women also report feeling embarrassed to talk about sexual dysfunction with their healthcare providers. Although women may receive many forms of treatment for their breast cancer, they are often reluctant to seek help for their sexual dysfunction,

Please join us for an open and honest discussion about the many changes in intimacy and sexual health that follow a diagnosis of breast cancer at the June Patient Education Event.

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