Having chemotherapy can affect your sex life, although not everyone finds this. Side effects like tiredness, or feeling sick or weak can reduce your sex drive and make having sex difficult. Feeling low or anxious can also affect your sex life. You might have worries about the cancer, how your family is coping or about money.
Usually there’s no medical reason to stop having sex during chemotherapy. But if you have low platelets, or a low white blood cell count, your doctor may advise you to avoid penetrative sex until your blood count improves.
It can help to talk through any concerns about your sex life with your doctor or specialist nurse. They can often reassure you and support you with any problems. It’s also important to try to talk about how you feel with your partner. Cuddling, touching and stroking are good ways of showing your feelings even if you don’t feel like having sex.
Chemotherapy shouldn’t have a long-term effect on your sex life. The side effects usually gradually wear off after your treatment finishes.