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Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2015 Sep;9(3):294-300. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000156.

Managing premature menopause and sexual dysfunction.

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aDana-Farber Cancer Institute bHarvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Young women (<45 years of age) diagnosed with breast cancer face increased risk of sexual dysfunction as a result of their cancer-directed treatment. We will review the recent literature examining this critical challenge and discuss current efforts to address sexual dysfunction.

RECENT FINDINGS:

In the period since 2013, the literature has focused on sexual issues that result from the premature onset of menopausal symptoms and changes in sexual health following breast surgery. The impact of premature menopause in young women with breast cancer is profound and can affect all aspects of the sexual experience, from desire to function, and quality of life. Furthermore, the surgical treatment of breast cancer also has significant implications with respect to sexual desire and body image. There is a paucity of sexual health intervention for this population, though recent efforts suggest that sexual health outcomes may be improved if women are offered the appropriate intervention opportunities. However, the sexual function of young breast cancer patients is an under-discussed and under-treated health issue that warrants greater research and clinical focus.

SUMMARY:

Further intervention trials must be completed in this population of young women for whom sexual function plays such a critical role in their personal and relationship well being.

PMID:
26155020
DOI:
10.1097/SPC.0000000000000156
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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