Being diagnosed with a blood cancer like multiple myeloma may affect you in a number of different ways. You may have concerns about how it will affect your current or future relationships, including sex and intimacy.
People with multiple myeloma may:
Experience pain that makes sex difficult to enjoy
Feel depressed or anxious or have little or no interest in sex
Be too weak or too tired to spend time being intimate
Treatment side effects can also interfere by causing:
A lessened desire for intimacy
Changes in overall mood
Erectile dysfunction in men
Pain or dryness for women during sex
Although it can be hard to talk about intimacy and sex, it’s important to tell your partner how you feel.
Talk to your doctor and nurse, too. They may be able to help you manage the issues causing your sexual problems or refer you to a counselor who can help bring more satisfaction to your sex life.
Talk to your doctor:
Sexual challenges for women and men caused by multiple myeloma and its treatment may be helped by addressing medical, relationship, and emotional needs
Solutions may include medication your doctor can suggest or working with a therapist who specializes in sexual relationship issues—or a combination of both
Remember: Intimacy is about more than sex. You can be emotionally close, let your guard down, and share how you really feel to become close to your partner and feel like you are in it together.