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Sexual Health During and After Cancer Treatment (Female) (7874)

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Sexual Health During and After Cancer Treatment (Female)

We ask you to take special precautions when
having sex while receiving these cancer
treatments:
ξ Chemotherapy
ξ Biotherapy
ξ Targeted therapies
ξ Blood stem cell transplant
ξ Radiation therapy.

Pregnancy Prevention
We ask you to avoid getting pregnant while
receiving treatment for cancer. Before
starting and while receiving treatment, your
doctor or nurse will ask if you could be
pregnant. A pregnancy test will be done
before you start treatment. Talk with your
doctor about the birth control method you
plan to use to prevent pregnancy.

Chemotherapy has risks to the fetus
including:
 Slow fetal growth during pregnancy
 Low blood counts in fetus
 Premature birth
 Fetal defects or death

It may harm the baby if you get pregnant too
soon after the end of treatment. We would
advise speaking to a fertility specialist if you
and your partner have questions about your
fertility and having children in the future.


Protection of Self
Use a condom when having sex to decrease
the risk of a sexually transmitted disease. If
your platelet count or white blood cell count
is low, avoid all sexual activities until your
blood counts are normal. Low white blood
counts increase your risk of infection. Low
platelet counts increase your risk for excess
bleeding and bruising that may occur during
sexual activity. Avoid oral and anal sex
while receiving cancer treatment due to risk
of infection.

Protection of Partner
Chemotherapy, biotherapy and targeted
therapy are present in your saliva, urine,
stool, blood, and vaginal fluids for at least
48 hours after your last treatment. Protect
your partner from being exposed to these
bodily fluids during oral, vaginal, and anal
sex. A condom may provide some
protection. Avoiding all sexual activity,
even open mouth kissing, is the only sure
way to protect your partner. It is safe for
you and your partner to share signs of
affection and support during your cancer
treatment, such as touching, hugging and
closed mouth kissing.

If you have any questions about your
sexual health during and after cancer
treatment, ask your doctor or nurse.


Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©11/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#7874.