Monday, 10 Nov, 2008 Health & Fitness

Breast Cancer Linked to Sexual Health Problems?


Scientist from Indiana University discovered that young women who suffered from breast cancer often had problems related to sexual and intimate relationships and that these women required libido increasing products to be able to treat these issues .

Scientists entitled their research "Young Female Breast Cancer Survivors: Their sexual function and interest in sexual enhancement products and services." Its results were published in Cancer Nursing journal, issued on November 4th.

The Patty Brisben Foundation, which is a non-for profit charitable organization, was the one to fund the recent research on women's sexual health. Scientists discovered that a lot of breast cancer survivors had vaginal dryness, genital pain, premature menopause, fatigue and issues related to fertility. The study also found that these women had serious problems with sexual arousal and orgasm.

According to the data presented by Physical Education and Recreation, over 2 million patients suffering from breast cancer are currently living in the United States.

The majority of surveyed women said they treated their problems using personal lubricants and massage oils. About 50 percent of women said they used vibrators or dildos and about 30 percent of women reported interest in sex games. Women who participated in the research said they felt more comfortable purchasing products for sexual enhancement at in-home parties rather than adult websites and adult stores.

Debby Herbenick, lead researcher and associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at IU Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said that it is very important to document problems related to sexuality. However, it is also crucial to understand the variety of ways that women want to report their sexual issues so they could feel comfortably living their intimate lives.

"Many women expressed interest in these products, which makes sense given that so many had experienced genital pain, vaginal dryness, low desire or lack of orgasm," said Herbenick.

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