When you’re caught up in the flurry of medical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis, it’s easy to lose sight of ordinary life. Things that were important, like our relationships and our sex lives, get put on the back burner. Turning our focus back onto those things, and even knowing where to start again, can be difficult.
With help from sex therapist Edit Horvath, MSocSci Hons Psych, COP (Sex Therapy), and our Committee member Maria Marama (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, Cook Islands), we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to sex and relationships for anyone experiencing breast cancer. We cover information on the emotional and physical impacts of breast cancer itself and the various treatments for it, techniques for managing side effects and overcoming sexual problems, advice on how and when to talk about sex, reproductive options, dealing with ongoing impacts of a diagnosis, tips for keeping your relationships with family and friends strong, support and coping strategies for those near to you, and issues for men and LGBTQI+ people with breast cancer. You can read more about this here.