Breast Cancer Treatment and Changes in Female Sexuality

The Link Between Breast Cancer Treatment and Female Sexuality

Many women living in the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas communities diagnosed with breast cancer find the diagnosis and treatment alters their female sexuality. Women often feel their body betrayed them, and/or experience overall emotional discomfort. Certain breast cancer treatment side effects, such as vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, can also impact a woman’s sex life. If vaginal atrophy symptoms are the cause of lost female sexuality, there is help. MonaLisa Touch™ vaginal rejuvenation, available at Mona Lisa Partners, is an innovative and simple procedure designed to promote vaginal health.

How Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects can Disrupt Female Sexuality

Countless women suffering from breast cancer report the diagnosis and treatment disrupts their normal, once healthy sex life. Female sexuality can be one of the most difficult items for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Physical changes, such as exhaustion, nausea and vaginal atrophy, occur, as well as emotional chaos are all associated with breast cancer treatment side effects.

Issues affecting female sexuality and intimacy can gradually increase over time, so it is important to address them early. Certain women feel more comfortable beginning the discussion with their partner, while other women feel more comfortable speaking with a physician.

Dr. Eric Jacoby, a physician at Mona Lisa Partners and a national speaker on sexual health and dysfunction believes, “It is important for patients to discuss any sexual symptoms they may suffer so therapeutic options can be discussed and decided. Intimacy is a very important aspect of a relationship, and when there are issues in the bedroom, they can result in relationship discord and other issues outside the bedroom.”

Women experiencing decreased sexuality and intimacy after a breast cancer diagnosis and/or treatment are encouraged to utilize open communication between their partner and physician. Communication with a physician is critical since they are able to address and treat female sexuality and health concerns associated with breast cancer. Dr. Jacoby says, “Fortunately, there are treatments available to treat the changes that occur after the loss of estrogen due to chemotherapy, surgery or early menopause. It is important that patients discuss any sexual symptoms they may suffer so therapeutic options can be discussed. The MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser to treat vaginal burning, itching, dryness and painful intercourse is an effective non-hormonal option for these women.”

How to Improve Female Sexuality with MonaLisa Touch™ Vaginal Rejuvenation

Many breast cancer survivors begin an exercise and cognitive behavior therapy program to improve body image, reduce anxiety, reduce depression and provide relaxation. If vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and other early menopause symptoms are associated with breast cancer treatment side effects, MonaLisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation may be an effective treatment option.

MonaLisa Touch has helped thousands of women with declining vaginal health restore the body and sex life they once had. The in-office, non-surgical procedure utilizes a CO2 laser system that delivers precise energy to the vaginal tissue with a probe. The energy is then used by the body to help jump-start collagen production, a vital ingredient in vaginal cell health. The standard protocol for MonaLisa Touch is three separate in-office treatments, each spaced six weeks apart.

If you are experiencing decreased female sexuality as a breast cancer treatment side effect and believe it is caused by declined vaginal health, please contact the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas area office of Mona Lisa Partners to discuss MonaLisa Touch™ vaginal rejuvenation.

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