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[Gynecological cancer and sexuality]

Alder, Judith and Bitzer, Johannes. (2011) [Gynecological cancer and sexuality]. Therapeutische Umschau, Vol. 68, H. 10. pp. 581-586.

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Abstract

Sexual problems and dysfunction after gynecological cancer is frequent, however is still too seldom systematically addressed during consultation. Surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy (external/brachytherapy) and chemotherapy damage neuronal structures and the vaginal tissue and in the case of removal of the ovaries or impairing their function are associated with endocrine changes which impact sexuality. The patient and her partner are challenged to adjust their sexual repertoire to these changes. The success of this adaptation process is partly dependent on individual and relationship factors. The treatment of sexual dysfunction after gynecological cancer includes body oriented (use of dilators, pelvic floor exercises) and pharmacological interventions (a.o. local estrogens, lubricants) and counseling of the patient and the couple.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Geburtshilfliche und Gynäkologische Psychosomatik (Bitzer)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Geburtshilfliche und Gynäkologische Psychosomatik (Bitzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Bitzer, Johannes
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:0040-5930
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:13 Sep 2013 07:59
Deposited On:13 Sep 2013 07:48

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