Sex after breast reconstruction
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 breast reconstruction will create a breast shape, but the sensations in the breast and the nipple will not be the same as before. This can affect sexual arousal if you were previously aroused by having your breasts touched.
Although breast reconstruction won’t affect your physical ability to have sex, emotionally you may not feel like having sex for a while. Many women need time to talk about their feelings. Some women feel nervous about how their partner will react to their body. There’s 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.
Dr Isabel White talks about some of the possible effects cancer and its treatment can have on your sexuality.