Sex and Women with Cancer: Overview

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Hormone treatment and sex

Hormone treatment is often used to treat cancers of the breast and the womb (uterus). It keeps the cancer from getting the hormone it needs to grow. This can be done with medicines. The ovaries are the main source of the hormones, and some women have their ovaries taken out to cut off the hormone supply. Radiation to the ovaries can also make them stop working.

Any of these treatments can cause menopause (“the change of life”). But a woman usually can still feel sexual desire and reach orgasm.

Last Medical Review: 05/09/2013
Last Revised: 05/09/2013