In episode 63 of the Newson Health podcast series, Dr Louise Newson is joined by Dr Stephanie Goodwin, a london-based GP, menopause specialist and specialist in Psychosexual medicine.
Together, Dr Newson and Dr Goodwin discuss the possible consequences of cancer treatment on women’s sex lives. Often sex isn’t discussed at the outset of treatment and it isn’t until much later that women have the opportunity to get advice.
Dr Goodwin also speaks about vaginal changes during the menopause and the importance of intimacy and keeping channels of communication open with your partner if sex becomes difficult during this time. Vaginal dryness is a very common problem that is easy to treat so don't be afraid to seek out advice.
Dr Stephanie Goodwin's Three Take Home Tips:
- If you are having cancer treatment, ask for advice about the possible impact on your sex life at the start. Find someone in the team who is comfortable discussing that with you.
- There are lots of resources available that can be helpful - Macmillan, Cancer Research UK, The Daisy Network (for younger women under 40) and The Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.
- Don’t be afraid to ask if you need help! That’s not just for cancer patients but for any women having sexual difficulties. If you don’t get help the first time, try someone else and keep asking.
Find Dr Goodwin on Instagram: @drstephaniegoodwin