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Myths About Cancer And Sex

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Myth: Cancer can be spread through sex

Reality: Only cervical cancer can be spread through sex. 

Myth: Once a person has cancer, sex goes out the window.

Reality: Sexuality is a part of life. It doesn't disappear because of cancer or its treatment.  Particularly during or immediately after treatment, there may be a lack of interest for a while on your part, or on your partner's part. Lack of interest in sexuality is not permanent. 

 Myth: Older people are not interested in sex.

Reality: Sexuality is about how you define yourself as a man or woman, who you are attracted to, and whether you want a relationship. Sexuality doesn't go away. On the other hand, the type of sex in which you are interested may change over time. For example, you may become more interested in cuddling or foreplay than having intercourse.  


 Myth: Men enjoy sex more than women.

Reality: If sex is good, both men and women enjoy it.  

Myth: All physical contact must lead to intercourse

Cuddling and other physical activities can be satisfying. As noted in the summary, you can have intimacy without sex, much less intercourse.

Myth: Sex is a failure if both people do not reach orgasm.

Reality:  Men and women can have wonderful sexual relationships without orgasm or penetration. The key is how you define sex and what you get out of it.

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