Sex, intimacy, and breast cancer

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are impacted at a time in their lives when they may be dreaming of, searching for, or involved in intimate relationships. If you’re a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer, you likely know that surgery and side effects from treatment may pose significant challenges to your body image, your sexual health, and your relationships.  

A breast cancer diagnosis can affect your sexuality in many ways: mastectomy may cause body image issues; chemotherapy and hormonal therapy may cause menopausal symptoms, vaginal dryness and/or loss of libido. Despite the prevalence of sexual side effects, health care providers rarely discuss this important topic with their patients.  

If you’re a young woman with breast cancer, LBBC’s Sex, intimacy and breast cancer videos offer candid insights from women like you about dating, body image, libido, intimate relationships, communication with health care providers, remedies, and more.  

"It wasn’t until a group of other women that had had breast cancer finally started talking about it and said, 'you know what? I’m having these problems,' and I was like, wow, I’m not alone."  - Jenna

 


 

February 14, 2022

Watch time: 5 min

Anna was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2015. She shares her experiences with sexuality and intimacy after her breast cancer treatment and the methods she found helpful to alleviate the sexual side effects. 

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February 14, 2022

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Dani was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer when she was 25. She speaks about dating and body image issues and shares a message for anyone who is feeling alone after their diagnosis. 

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February 14, 2022

Watch time: 6 min

After Jenna was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018, she experienced changes in her sexual identity that impacted her physical relationship with her husband. She shares her story and experiences with encounters with oncologists, remedies, and the breast cancer community.  

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February 14, 2022

Watch time: 5 min

Priscila was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2011. She speaks about the changes in body image and sexuality she experienced after her mastectomy, and how she has navigated a newfound pleasure in intimacy.  

Also available in Spanish.

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February 14, 2022

Watch time: 5 min

Shonté was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 31. When she experienced significant impacts to her sexual health after hormonal therapy, she identified a deep failing in health care professionals’ communication with their patients. 

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