Possible effects on sex life
Chemotherapy may be a time of anxiety, and the side effects may make your feel too tired to have sex. This should improve gradually after your treatment is over.
During treatment, if you have a low platelet or white blood cell count, you may have to refrain from having sexual relations involving penetration until this gets better.
Some people feel uncomfortable talking about sex, though it is important to discuss how you feel with your partner. This may help calm or relieve any worries you may have.
Doctors will advise you to use condoms for a number of days after the treatment in order to protect your partner from the chemotherapy drugs. It is important to use effective contraceptive drugs during treatment and a few months after. The drugs could affect a developing baby.
Chemotherapy can cause early menopause in some women. This may trigger symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and reduced sex drive. This could improve with treatment. Tell your doctor if the symptoms of menopause affect your day-to-day life, and he or she will prescribe medication to help you cope with them.