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Having a breast reconstruction may not make any difference to your sex life. However, women often need to feel relatively happy with their bodies to have a fulfilling sex life so your feelings| about the reconstruction might affect you.
Having a breast reconstruction will create a breast shape but the sensations in the breast and the nipple will not be the same as before the original breast surgery. This can affect sexual arousal if you were previously aroused by having your breasts touched.
Although breast reconstruction will not affect your physical ability to have sex, the emotions you feel may reduce your desire for sex for a while. Many women need time to talk through their feelings and emotions. Some women feel nervous about how their partner will react to their body. There is no right or wrong time or way to talk about these issues. You can wait until you and your partner feel ready. With support and clear communication, you can still enjoy a fulfilling sex life.
You might find it helpful to see our section about sexuality and cancer|, which includes a video| of one person sharing her experience of breast cancer and sexuality.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2011
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