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Updated 20 October 2015

Breast cancer and intimacy

Beautiful breasts are a turn-on for most men, and for many women they are an important symbol of femininity and womanliness.

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Beautiful breasts are a turn-on for most men, and for many women they are an important symbol of femininity and womanliness. This is why the need for surgery on the breasts due to breast cancer can be an emotional and sexual adjustment for women – and their partners.

When a woman has breast reconstruction, she may not have the same feeling as before, so her sensual pleasure in having her breasts touched might not be the same. Women who don't have the reconstruction may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their chests without breasts. Both groups may feel aware of scars.

If you've undergone chemotherapy, other physical changes may take place such as vaginal dryness, which can impact on sexual enjoyment.

Taking it slowly and being understanding is going to be vital in adjusting to the changes to your body. It's important to deal with emotional issues that may arise – with the help of family and friends, through therapy, support groups, and medication for depression if needed.

For a support group in your area call Bosom Buddies on 0860 283 343.

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