Relationships, sex and fertility
This information is for teenagers or young adults who have or have had cancer. During or after treatment, you may worry about whether the cancer and its treatment will affect your
relationships, sex life or
fertility (ability to have children).
Sex and relationships might be something you worry about as soon as you're told you have cancer. Or you may only become aware of changes to your sex life as you go through treatment, or after it’s finished. This information explains some of the possible physical and emotional effects that cancer can have on your sex life and relationships.
If you're worried about how cancer and it's treatment may affect your fertility (ability to have children), this information could help you. It’s important to talk to your cancer doctor or specialist nurse about fertility before your treatment starts. This information can help you think about the questions you might want to ask.
We hope the information on these pages helps you feel more comfortable when talking to your family, friends, partner or healthcare team about these issues. This information is for you, whatever your sexual orientation and whether you have a partner or are currently single.
Sex and relationships
Get advice about talking about difficult subjects, talking to your medical team, and your partner (if you have one), family and friends.
There are lots of things that affect the way we feel. Get advice about what could help at this time.
Cancer, and its treatment, might have an effect on your sex life. Find out what might help.
Find answers to some of the common questions about sex and sexuality.
Read about what could help if your cancer and its treatment might have an effect on your fertility.
It can be difficult to decide whether to have fertility testing. We have more information to help you.
If you've decided you would like to try to have a baby, you might find this information helpful.
If cancer or its treatment has affected your fertility there may be other options available to you.