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

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