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Part 1 The Basics 1
Questions 1-10 introduce readers to the basics of sexual health and wellness and how it can change after you have been diagnosed with breast cancer:
What is sexual health and vitality?
Does every breast cancer survivor experience changes in her sexual health?
What aspects of sexual response (e.g., desire, arousal, orgasm, and sexual comfort) might change after breast cancer treatment?
Part 2 Treatments 15
Question 11-44 review the different treatment options available to women to help them regain and maintain their sexual health:
Is sexual functioning different for those who have had mastectomy or lumpectomy?
My husband hasn't made any effort to see me naked since the surgery? Why?
I am too tired for sex. How can I decrease my fatigue level?
Part 3 Psychosocial Issues 79
Questions 45-53 examine common psychosocial issues that may arise with your partner as you are undergoing or recovering from breast cancer treatments, such as:
What are the common psychosexual problems that couples can experience?
What is sexual self-esteem?
What body image issues might a woman with breast cancer experience?
Part 4 Sexuality and Sexual Function After Breast Cancer 91
Questions 54-83 describe an array of ways to improve your sexual function after breast cancer, including:
How can I explore my new sexuality after breast cancer?
What is the difference between sexual performance and sexual pleasure?
What specific sexual health management therapies can I expect?
Part 5 Reestablishing and Strengthening Your Sexual Relationship 139
Questions 84-100 provide helpful hints and tools to reestablishing a strong sexual relationship with your partner:
Is it normal for couples to put less emphasis on their sexual relationship while undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation?
What if I am having trouble reestablishing a sexual relationship with my partner after treatment is over?
How do I communicate to my partner what has changed in my body?
Appendix: Resources 159