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Cancer doesn’t affect the frequency of your sex life

Cancer doesn’t affect the frequency of your sex life

If you’re anxious about your sex life after battling cancer, you needn’t worry, as new research has found survivors are just as active under the sheets as those who haven’t suffered.

Cancer Research UK looked into the sex lives of 6,699 older people, 561 of which had been diagnosed with cancer, to see how the disease affected their quality of life after being cured. A total of 49 per cent of those who had had the disease said they have ‘frequent’ sex – defined as two to three times a month. Those in the control group who hadn’t had cancer, answered 50 per cent.

Likewise, both categories reported back similar levels of sexual problems, with 31 per cent of cancer survivors admitting they struggled to become aroused compared to 32 per cent of the control group.

Men meanwhile saw 40 per cent of cancer survivors suffer from erectile dysfunction, just one per cent more than the others.

“Older people with cancer do not experience greater problems with sexual activity or functioning than age-matched, cancer-free controls. A diagnosis of cancer does not seem to affect whether or not people have sex, what they do when they have sex, and their sexual function,” the study read.

However, a fifth of women and a third of men who fought off cancer felt dissatisfied with their sex lives, whereas these numbers came in at around one in 10 women and a fifth of men in the control group. One in 10 women who battled cancer were concerned about their libido too, with the number of non-cancer sufferers feeling the same coming in at seven per cent.

“We hope our findings will put cancer survivors’ concerns to rest – showing that they are just as sexually active and function just as well as others their age,” Dr Sarah Jackson, study author, said.

Findings were published in the journal Cancer.

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