Corinne Audette, CNM, MSN, is in clinical practice at Central Florida Healthcare in Lakeland, Florida, providing midwifery services at Lakeland OBGYN.
The Sexual Health of Women After Gynecologic Malignancy
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2010 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 357–362, July-August 2010
How to Cite
Audette, C. and Waterman, J. (2010), The Sexual Health of Women After Gynecologic Malignancy. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 55: 357–362. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2009.10.016
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- gynecologic malignancy;
- quality of life;
- sexual dysfunction;
Each year in the United States, approximately 80,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers. Cancer in the female reproductive organs affects sexual functioning in an estimated 50% of women with these cancers. Sexuality issues may persist for more than 10 years after diagnosis, making awareness of these issues an important factor in efforts to improve the quality of life for these women. This article reviews how sexuality is affected and provides recommendations for effective communication, assessment, and management strategies related to sexual dysfunction in gynecologic cancer survivors.