Reclaiming Your Body and Sex Life After Cancer
- Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix six-part sex series, Sex, Love & Goop, has a little something for everyone … especially cancer survivors, who go through innumerable issues such as body confidence and low libido, during and after treatment.
- The Oscar-winning actress pivoted from the entertainment industry to start Goop lifestyle site in 2008, and it has been a tremendous success ever since. Now she’s back on the small screen, only now in the self-improvement genre.
- During and after cancer treatment, it’s important to communicate openly with your partner and seek help, if needed, so you can fully address all of the issues around body image and sexuality.
The six-part series—which launched late last year— highlights diverse couples of all ages, talking about topics such as body image, low libido, fears of aging … and cancer survivors, in particular, can certainly relate.Read More
The Oscar-winning actress pivoted from the entertainment industry to start Goop lifestyle site in 2008, and it has been a tremendous success ever since.
GP, as the Goopsters call Gwyneth, even admits to having a hard time with her body and aging. “I drive myself hard to not be disappointed in how I look.… And I’m still disappointed in the way I look.”
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Sex After Cancer
Cancer survivors deal with innumerable issues in relation to sex and body confidence, and empowering others is cool; We applaud it.
No, your sex life will not be over after cancer treatment. It’s a real concern for many women (and men), and it’s completely normal. It’s important to communicate openly with your partner and seek help, if needed, so you can fully address all of the issues around body image and sexuality.
“If you are diagnosed, and you’re thinking you’re never going to have sex again, think again.” That’s survivor Ericka Hart’s advice to us for anyone worrying about their sex life after a cancer diagnosis.
Sure, there will be days where you won’t feel up for it, but that doesn’t mean your sex life is over. Ericka lived through breast cancer, and says that throughout her treatment, none of her doctors discussed how her sexuality would be impacted. Which is a real shame.
“Kink and BDSM was a huge part of my healing,” Ericka tells SurvivorNet. “When you go through breast cancer, it’s almost like a non-consensual pain you have to go through … to have someone spank you, or flog you, or even choke you in a consensual way that you’re asking for, can be a really beautiful way to reclaim your body.”