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Safe Sex during Treatment

Posted 5/10/2016

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  It is rather surprising that this topic does not come up more often. Is sex safe during treatment? Do you need to worry about blood counts and exposure and infection risk? The quick answer is "usually not" , but it makes sense that, if you have been advised that your blood counts are low and you should avoid crowds, it probably is also a good time to avoid intimacy.

Much of the time, this takes care of itself, because most of us do not have a raging libido at the same time that we have declining counts.

If you would like more specific information, here are some helpful links:

> Mayo has one about sex during chemotherapy:


> ACS has a FAQ about sex and cancer:

> Sex and Women with Cancer FAQs

> And the Foundation for Gynecologic Cancer has a brochure: > Renewing Intimacty and Sexuality After Gynecologic Cancer


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