Sex after treatment

Cervical cancer, its treatments and their side effects may affect your sex life and how you feel about yourself as a woman. This often gradually improves after treatment, although for some women it may take longer.

Cuddles, kisses and massages are affectionate and sensual ways of showing how much you care for someone, even if you don’t feel like having sex. You can wait until you and your partner feel ready – there’s no right or wrong time.

It’s common to feel nervous about sex after cancer treatment, but it’s perfectly safe for both you and your partner. At first it may be easier to take more time to help you relax and for your partner to be very gentle.

Let your doctor or nurse know if you’re having problems with your sex life. They may be able to reassure you and offer help and support. If you feel uncomfortable talking to your doctor or nurse, you can call our cancer support specialists 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.

You can find out more information on sexuality and cancer.

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Menopausal symptoms

Some treatments for cervical cancer can bring the menopause on. You may experience some menopausal symptoms.

Vaginal changes

Treatment for cervical cancer can cause changes to the vagina. Your radiographer or specialist nurse can tell you more about these changes and their symptoms.

Fertility

The treatment you have for cervical cancer may mean you are no longer able to have children.