Psychologists advocate sexual intimacy for couples braving chemotherapy but several factors may hamper sexual ability or desire. Couples must first talk to their doctor to determine whether sex is safe. Then, they should acknowledge the impact therapy has on energy levels and self-esteem. Medical conditions like erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness are possible side effects, but can be managed and may be temporary. Vaginal infections are also common, as are frequent flare-ups for patients with genital warts or herpes. Fortunately, these side effects subside after treatment. Communication with doctors and between partners is vital to the health of the patient and the relationship.

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