It can be difficult to talk about your sex life. But if you have any problems during or after your treatment, there are usually things that can help. You may have side effects that:
- mean you do not feel like having sex
- make having penetrative sex uncomfortable or painful
- make it difficult to get, or keep, an erection.
Do not let embarrassment stop you from getting information that can help. Your team can give advice and support. If you need expert advice, they can often arrange this for you.
If you identify as gay, bisexual, transgender or LGBT+, you may worry about your healthcare team treating you insensitively. Many sexual difficulties caused by pelvic radiotherapy are similar whatever your sexuality. But you may have some specific questions. Having your sexual or gender identity acknowledged may help you feel more supported. It also means your healthcare team can give you the right information and advice.
If you feel unable to talk to your healthcare team about your sexuality, contact the LGBT Foundation. They have a helpline that can give you confidential advice and support.