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Sex and Cancer: A Women’s Sexual Health Doctor in Houston Speaks Out

Cancer is one of the hardest conversations a doctor can have with a patient, and the patient can have with their loved ones. The effects of the disease, and sometimes of the cure, can upend a patient’s life.

Dr. Christi has helped many women talk about sex and cancer openly and honestly. From the changes that happen to a woman’s body during treatment to the loss of libido, treatments exist to help you regain elements of your love life without affecting your current cancer care. 

MedSpa at ChristiMD offers vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can address many physical changes that arise from cancer medications. We also offer additional therapies to support your health, and your healthy appetite for intimacy.

Effects of Cancer Treatment on Libido

The effects of cancer and its treatments frequently change a woman’s sex drive. Those effects impact both the physical and emotional health of women. 

At MedSpa at ChristiMD, we can recommend excellent therapists and psychiatrists in the Houston area to help with emotional and mental health. You may have body image problems because of the changes, or mood problems such as anxiety or depression. 

When it comes to sex and cancer, emotional help is available and we’ll point you toward the best mental health providers we know.

For the physical effects, we have several treatments that can help rekindle your desire for, and pleasure in, sexual intimacy. Because of the strain a cancer patient’s body already endures, we’ll generally recommend non-surgical treatments to address sex and cancer.

Related: treatments to help with low sex drive in women.

Vaginal Dryness

Some cancer treatments cause a loss of lubrication. Increasing blood flow in vaginal tissues and structures can help your body produce that natural lubricant.

Painless vaginal rejuvenation treatments we offer to help alleviate vaginal dryness include:

  • MonaLisa Touch. Promotes vaginal blood flow functionality.
  • Cliovana. Increases capillaries in the clitorus and labia.
  • EMFemme 360. Increases blood flow functionality in the vagina.

Along with treatments to address sex and cancer’s effects on it, the caring professionals at MedSpa at ChristiMD can recommend lubricants and moisturizers to help with vaginal dryness and improve sexual pleasure.

Loss of Sensitivity

Cancer treatments can reduce the sensitivity of the clitorus, vulva, and vagina. Much like with vaginal dryness, several of our treatments can improve sensitivity through increasing the blood flow in affected areas.

In specific, MonaLisa Touch increases blood flow and improves the health of vaginal wall tissue. This helps revive nerve cells along with collagen production. Both of these improvements also contribute to better natural lubrication.

Lack of Libido

You may not have all of the issues listed above, your your sex drive is still lacking. The cancer itself along with its treatments may be detrimentally affecting your hormones.

Hormone imbalance causes a host of issues, including loss of sexual desire. Dr. Christi can work with your cancer care provider to customize a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) plan for you so that sex and cancer don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Getting your hormones in balance can help you feel better in general, and help you feel more in the mood. This treatment regimen also includes vigilant testing and any necessary adjustments to support your body at it fights the cancer. 

BHRT also promotes vaginal health! 

Changes in Orgasm

Due to the effects of your cancer treatment, you may find that it takes longer for you to have an orgasm. Your orgasms may be less intense—or non-existent.

Cliovana specifically targets these issues by rejuvenating the clitorus. This non-surgical treatment increases blood flow and sensitivity in the clitorus, leading to faster orgasm achievement, and stronger/more satisfying orgasms.

Sex and Cancer In Houston: You Have Help

These are just some of the treatments offered at MedSpa at ChristiMD to improve your sex life while you fight cancer. 

Because each patient is unique, you should request a consultation and discuss your situation. There are no taboo subjects and zero judgment. Instead, Dr. Christi engages in honest dialogue. Plus you’ll receive the best in compassionate care from a staff dedicated to your wellbeing.

Let’s have that hard conversation about sex and cancer. Then let’s find the treatments that improve your ability for sexual intimacy, and return pleasure to you and your partner.

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