Keeping yourself healthy is important when you have cancer, and your sexual health is part of this. Protecting yourself from infections, and being healthy, is an important part of your cancer treatment and recovery. Having ‘safe sex’ will help to prevent unwanted pregnancies during treatment, and help to protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
If you are having chemotherapy, your Doctor or Nurse will speak to you about using condoms as a barrier method of contraception that will help to keep you safe during your treatment. The condom guidance applies to all forms of sexual intercourse, including oral sex. You can ask your GP for free condoms, or you could sign up for the C Card scheme in your local area. If you live in the south west of England, you can contact Vicky Britton, the Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Co-ordinator, to find out about your local C Card scheme, or you could speak to a member of your local TYA Team.