Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer

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Effects of pelvic surgery for cancer on sexual function

Many different organs may be affected in pelvic surgery for cancer. The female genital and reproductive organs include the uterus (or womb), cervix (the entrance to the womb at the top of the vagina), fallopian tubes, ovaries (the organs that produce eggs and hormones), vagina, vulva, and clitoral area. The bladder (the storage area for urine) and rectum (the bottom end of the intestines) are also found in the pelvic area.

Female genital and reproductive organs

This section reviews some of the more common types of surgery used to treat certain cancers and the ways they can impact your sex life.


Last Medical Review: 08/29/2013
Last Revised: 08/29/2013