Sex and Women with Cancer: Overview

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To learn more about other topics related to sex and cancer

More information from your American Cancer Society

We have some other information that may also be helpful to you. Free copies of these materials can be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or they can be read on our website at

More on sex and fertility

Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)

Fertility and Women With Cancer

Infections That Can Lead to Cancer

Cancer treatment and side effects

Chemotherapy – What It Is, How It Helps (also in Spanish)

Radiation Therapy – What It Is, How It Helps

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)

Coping with cancer

After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)

Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)

Distress in People With Cancer


Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at to find out about costs or to place an order.

National organizations and websites*

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

    Has a listing of AASECT-certified counselors and/or therapists

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Toll-free number: 1-800-638-8799

    Provides an online directory of clinical social workers, as well as tip sheets on dealing with many cancer issues

Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc.

    For up-to-date news and information about sexual health. Also has “Find A Provider” – a tool to find a medical provider who specializes in sexual health near you.

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
Phone number: 919-361-8400
Phone number for STI (sexually transmitted infections) Resource Center: 919-361-8488
Website on teen sexual health:
Website on teen sexual health in Spanish:

    For information and print materials on STIs and how to prevent and treat them

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Phone number: 205-978-5000

    For fact sheets and booklets on many topics related to reproduction and cancer

Fertile Hope (a LIVESTRONG initiative)
Toll-free number: 1-855-220-7777

    Has information on fertility risks and options; financial help for newly diagnosed cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility (must meet eligibility criteria); referrals to fertility doctors; and more on research studies

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441

    Has information about how to prevent, detect, and treat women’s cancers and the publication, “Renewing Intimacy After Gynecologic Cancer.” The Women’s Cancer Network website,, also has a “survivor section” with articles on fertility, sexuality, and quality of life, and is aimed at creating an online community for women with cancer.

Health care resources for women who have sex with women*

Brownworth VA (ed.). Coming out of Cancer: Writings from the Lesbian Cancer Epidemic. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 2000.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association

    Has an online Provider Directory, which allows you to search for doctors, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other health professionals nearby; fact sheets just for gay, lesbian, and transgender people; and information on transgender health resources

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us any time, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Last Medical Review: 09/22/2014
Last Revised: 09/22/2014