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Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
Exploring sexual intimacy and breast cancer - Meg Fitzgerald
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    • 1. Exploring Sexual Intimacy andBreast Cancer Meg Fitzgerald MSW Dip PST Psychosexual Therapist The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin
    • 2. Overview Let’s Talk about Sex Impact of Cancer on Sexuality and Sexual Functioning Resuming a Sexual Life
    • 3. Let’s Talk about Sex Definitions of Sexuality Purposes of Sex? Normal Sex?
    • 4. Impact of CancerAt time of Diagnosis; Management of Treatment is main goal Sex not a priority May already be difficulties pre-diagnosis
    • 5. Treatment Surgery Radiotherapy Chemotherapy Perceived Violation/Medicalization Body Image/Loss of femininity/Scarring Fatigue/Nausea/Hair loss Loss of lubrication
    • 6. Post-Treatment Anxiety Avoidance Guilt Frustration Continuing Body Image Concerns Early Menopause? Fertility Concerns?
    • 7. Sexual Concerns Dyspareunia-painful sex Lack of Desire
    • 8. Sexuality? Does not go away with illness Post serious illness does not equal sexual dysfunction How cope/make changes important
    • 9. Resumption of Sexual Life Challenging Sexual Myths Body Image-Self Focus Communication Changing Sexual Script
    • 10. Possible Concerns to Discuss What if I don’t want to be seen naked? If I don’t want my breasts/chest to be caressed? Do I tell new partners about my mastectomy? What if I am not interested in sex? If sex is painful? If I am too tired to have sex?
    • 11. Regaining SexualRelationships Making Time Taking it Slowly Sensual Focus for self and couple Arousal-Lubricants/Sex Toys Experimenting with Sexual Positions ‘Good Enough Sex’
    • 12. Some Suggestions www.beecourse.com Anne Katz ‘Women, Cancer, Sex’ Barry McCarthy ‘Rekindling Desire’ PST

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