October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The diagnosis of cancer is devastating for any woman. There are emotional ups and downs of the unknown coupled with extensive treatment regimes that may put a woman into early menopause.

To that end, few women realize the impact this may have on their vaginal and sexual health and how this will impact her libido or sexual desire. When a woman goes into early menopause, her estrogen receptors (which are the hormone regulators of vaginal health) decrease.  This means the pH of her vagina may be imbalanced (too alkaline) which places her at greater risk of infection.

In addition, because of the decrease in estrogen, she may experience vaginal dryness which can lead to painful intercourse and low sexual desire.  The result may be a negative impact on her relationship. But many people don’t realize the benefits of a great sex life. This is an area of health where the discussion may not arise.

It is important that women realize it is fine to continue an intimate relationship during or after cancer treatments. She defines that intimate relationship. She may decide to focus on cuddling or just spending quality time with her lover when she is feeling well.  She may want more, like petting and fondling.

For women who choose to continue with sexual intercourse, but are experiencing vaginal dryness and/or painful sex, personal moisturizers like RepaGyn, a hormone free ovule inserted into the vagina regularly, will not only ease the pain, but will increase personal moisture.

Speaking with a woman’s partner about these changes in physical condition is key.  In addition to RepaGyn, foreplay cannot be underestimated for its ability to increase a woman’s natural moisture. Lubricants, along with vaginal dilators, may help women to gently stretch their vagina prior to intercourse.  For women who have scars or body image concerns, lingerie may be just what the doctor ordered to increase sexual desire.

Sexual connection and intimacy is important at any time during a woman’s life, but especially when breast cancer strikes. So get backtothebedroom.ca with Repagyn and more!

Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath

Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Health Show on Corus Radio. As a leading women's health expert and Registered Nurse, I understand the importance that sexual, vaginal, bladder and bowel health has on overall health and relationships.

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