How cancer may affect your sexuality

Breast cancer, its treatments and side effects may affect your sex life and your feelings about yourself as a man. Loss of sex drive (libido) and erection difficulties (impotence) can occur. Difficulties often improve after treatment, although for some men it may take longer or continue.

You may feel insecure and worry about your current or future relationships. If you have a partner, it’s important to let them know if you don’t feel interested in sex. It can help to talk openly with them about your feelings. Cuddles, kisses and massages can show how much you care for someone, even if you don’t have sex.

If you have problems getting or maintaining an erection, there are different options that can help you.

Let your doctor or nurse know if any difficulties with your sex life don’t improve. They may be able to reassure you or offer further help and support. If you feel uncomfortable talking to your doctor or nurse, you can call us on 0808 808 00 00.

Some people may find it helpful to talk to a sex therapist. You can contact a therapist through the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.

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