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Hormone and Sexual Changes Due to Cancer Treatment

The side effects of cancer are many. Some of the side effects are temporary while others can last a lifetime. The most common forms of side effects include nausea, vomiting, hair loss and weight loss. The hormone and sexual changes seen after post cancer treatment may significantly influence the sexual lifestyle of a patient. The major side effects of cancer treatment include:

  • Infertility
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Early menopause
  • Onset of periods in older women

Loss of desire to have sex

As part of treatment, most cancer patients undergo aromatase and tamoxifen therapies. These hormonal therapies can pose negative effects such as low sex desires and hot flashes in women. The hormonal balance in men is affected by the androgen suppressing drugs and the hormonal therapies. Most men maintain their silence on the loss of sexual desire making it difficult to treat this type of hormonal imbalance.

Hot flashes

Men lose their desire to have sex when they experience hot flashes. The same is true in the case of women. The sexual effect of cancer treatment is normally ignored in the process of administering treatment to cancer patients. Calming techniques and acupuncture can be used to provide some form of relief to cancer patients undergoing these sexual and hormonal changes.

Many cancer patients experience side effects in the process of or after undergoing treatment. This is due to the many stages involved in curing cancer. The hormonal and sexual changes in cancer patients may differ from one patient to the other.

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