Intimacy and Multiple Myeloma
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:
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.