Harvard Women's Health Watch

Don’t accept a diminished sex life as a “side effect” of illness

Living with a chronic condition or as a survivor of cancer or a heart attack needn’t take a toll on intimate relationships. Sexual satisfaction is an important part of well-being, yet women who have been successfully treated for cancer or are living with chronic conditions often accept a diminished sex life as a trade-off for being alive. “Women with cancer go through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in order to be alive, but once they’re…

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