Reproductive and Sexual Health

Sexuality and reproduction are fundamental components of being healthy and human. Intimacy is such a natural part of our experience that we may take it for granted; however, many factors can impact this part of our life – hormone therapy, sexually transmitted diseases, viruses, cancer, and more.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or are in a relationship with someone who has, you may find that cancer affects even the most intimate aspects of our lives. Many patients are concerned about maintaining sexual function or the ability to have children.

Doctors have made significant strides in fertility-preservation techniques and many people are now able to have children after undergoing treatment for cancer.

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The following articles provide the most current information about sexual and reproductive health for cancer patients.

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Heart Disease, Birth Control, and Pregnancy

By the American Heart Association Do you take birth control? Or are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Using some form of hormonal birth [...]


Pregnancy after 30

Pregnancy after 30

By Eleanor Mayfield It’s a trend many Americans are seeing firsthand among their family members and friends, and it’s supported by government data: more women [...]


Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy

Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy

As women reach menopause and beyond, more than 80 percent will experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance and vaginal dryness.[1] Estrogen, [...]


Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

Umbilical cord blood stem cells save lives and provide an important resource for medical research. The moment of birth not only means the delivery of [...]


Cervical Cancer Vaccines

For women in the United States, a Papanicolaou (Pap) test has become a standard part of their annual gynecologic exam. Also known as a Pap [...]


Tips for Sex After Cancer

We are sexual beings from the day we are born until the day we die. Regardless of age or health, human beings are capable of [...]


Regaining the Joy of Intimacy: Sex After Cancer

Regaining the Joy of Intimacy: Sex After Cancer

Dr. Sally Kydd, coauthor of the book Intimacy After Cancer: A Woman’s Guide (Big Think Media, October 2006), refers to concerns about sexuality and intimacy [...]


Reproductive Concerns and Cancer Treatment: What You Need to Know

Reproductive Concerns and Cancer Treatment: What You Need to Know

Advances in diagnostic technologies and treatment strategies have improved cancer survival rates significantly since the 1970s, allowing physicians to focus not only on the ultimate [...]