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Bladder Cancer and Sexuality

For those with a new diagnosis of bladder cancer, sexuality is probably the last thing on their mind. For many, their first concern, and their doctor’s primary concern, is saving their life. Too often, the conversation about how to live your life fully following the treatment never occurs. Generally there is not a lot of discussion that addresses the impact of cancer or the various bladder cancer treatment options on sexual desire (libido), sexual function, body image, or intimacy between partners.

Most people aren’t comfortable talking with strangers, even their own doctors, about their sex life. However, opening this line of communication can be critically important for bladder cancer patients and their partners. BCAN has compiled some resources to help you learn more about the impact of bladder cancer and it’s treatment on your sexuality.

If you or your loved one are interested in finding a therapist to help you with sexuality issues, speak with your doctor or find a therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Conversations: Let’s Talk About Bladder Cancer – Sexuality after Bladder Cancer

Featuring: Dr. Trinity Bivalacqua, Urologic Oncologist, from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Dr. Daniela Wittmann, Certified Sex Therapist, from the University of Michigan. View the Video | Read the Text Transcript.

Webinar: Women in Bladder Cancer: Sexuality and Intimacy

Presented by Dr. Daniela Wittmann, PhD. | Year: 2020

Part I: How Bladder Cancer Treatment can Affect Sexuality and Intimacy? View the Video |Read the Text Transcript.

Part II: Mechanisms Behind Intimacy and Sexuality. View the Video  | Read the Text Transcript.

Part IV: Being Your Own Advocate and Finding a Certified Sex Therapist. View the Video  |Read the Text Transcript

Part III: Methods to Regaining Sexual Function After Treatment. View the Video  | Read the Text Transcript.

Webinar: Questions and Answers about Sexuality and Intimacy after Bladder Cancer

Presented by Dr. Trinity Bivalacqua | Year: 2017

Part I: Male Sexual Dysfunction. View the Video |  Read the Text Transcript.

Part II: Female Sexual Dysfunction. View the Video  | Read the Text Transcript.

Part III: Causes and Treatments of Sexual Dysfunction. View the Video  | Read the Text Transcript.

Part IV: Question & Answer Session About Sexuality and Intimacy. View the Video  |  Read the Text Transcript.