This is often a difficult subject to speak about, but here at the Harper Clinic we recognise the importance of dealing with uncomfortable issues head on! Did you know that more than three-quarters of women with breast cancer are not warned about the impact their treatment could have on their sex lives.
Breast Cancer Now Research
According to a recent survey conducted by charity Breast Cancer Now 77% of patients were not informed about the potential problems the therapies could cause in relation to sex and intimacy.
Nearly half of more than 1,000 women diagnosed with the condition (46%) said they had faced sexual difficulties including vaginal dryness and a loss of libido while 51% of affected women said the problems continued more than three years after the start of treatment.
Breast Cancer Now estimate that “out of the 54,000 women diagnosed with the common cancer each year, over 42,000 women are not told about the potential issues by their hospital teams.”
Treatment for breast cancer can involve surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as long term hormone therapies which can last for between five and 10 years. These can cause longer-term problems similar to an early menopause including fatigue and hot flushes, as well as vaginal dryness or a reduced libido.
Breast Cancer Now have called on the NHS to inform people diagnosed with breast cancer about the impact surgery and drugs can have on women
How can we help?
Here at the Harper Clinic, our resident menopause doctor offers a fantastic treatment to help with such symptoms. Femilift vaginal laser treatment is a safe option for women with breast cancer suffering from vaginal dryness and low libido, make sure you get in touch and let us help you get back to your old self again.
Our menopause doctor, Dr Shahzadi Harper takes a holistic approach to the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause to help our patients rediscover their femininity and confidence. Looking after women of all backgrounds and ethnicities, Dr Harper has enabled countless women make informed choices for their optimal health.