Having chemotherapy can sometimes affect your sex life. 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 is no medical reason to stop having sex during chemotherapy. But if you have low platelets or a low level of white blood cells, your doctor may advise you to avoid penetrative sex until your blood cell levels improve.
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 is 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 do not feel like having sex.
Chemotherapy should not have a long-term effect on your sex life. The side effects usually gradually wear off after your treatment finishes.