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Pelvic Health After Breast Cancer

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Many women who have undergone breast cancer treatment have challenges with bladder, sexual and/or vaginal and vulvar pain. Yet, women often find it challenging to discuss these concerns with their healthcare team and there are few resources that provide advice.

It’s important to know that you’re not alone. Anywhere between 50 to 70 per cent of women experience pelvic health issues after breast cancer treatment. Our Pelvic Health After Breast Cancer brochure (.pdf)  includes the following tips and a list of additional resources:

  1. Use moisturizers and lubricants for your pelvic floor muscles
  2. Do pelvic floor exercises
  3. Exercise in general
  4. Make some dietary changes
  5. Consider seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist
  6. Learn about proper skin care for your genitals
  7. Do not be afraid of sexual activity
  8. Talk about prescription treatments for vaginal health with your doctor
  9. Reach out for emotional support
  10.  Educate yourself with trusted resources

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