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Sex and Intimacy

The stress of your diagnosis, and your cancer treatment or its side effects, may mean that sex is the last thing on your mind. You may not ever have had sex before your diagnosis, or you may simply not ‘feel like it’ right now. This is normal, and your desire for sex may change throughout your treatment. If you haven’t had sex before, that’s normal too, and you may or may not choose to start a relationship during your treatment.

If you are in a relationship, and you don’t feel like having sex, you may be worried about the impact of this on you and your partner. Hopefully you will feel able to talk to them about this, but if you are worried you could speak to a member of the TYA Team about how to begin a conversation about sex with your partner. You may want to think about ways to be intimate and loving with your partner, without having sex, such as cuddling, massages, and putting times in your diary to spend quality time together.

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