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Unread 11-21-2008, 10:58 AM
Question about intimacy after radiation

This may be TMI, but I have a question. I have not been keeping up with the intimacy department like I should be, it's been 9 months since radiation/chemo has ended. And lately, I've just not been too interested in the intimacy dept. so that means I may be only doing it 1x a week, and now afterwards I feel a little sore and bruised (It has been going between 7 to 10 days in between having sex) . No bleeding, I am using extra lubrication by adding Replens to the mix and I use that every other day. Anybody else experience similar pain after sex when they are not doing it like the doctor says?
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Unread 11-21-2008, 10:59 AM
Question about intimacy after radiation

I should add, I know I have a little scar tissue where the tumor used to be, the dr. said it was about .5 cm. Other than this, I am good (knock on wood!).
Unread 11-21-2008, 12:50 PM
Question about intimacy after radiation

Hello I.A.W.,

My intimacy "schedule" is very much like yours. And I, too, worry about bleeding. The one thing that has helped me is to never go more than 7 days without either intercourse or using the dilator. Sometimes I do both in a single week (not at the same time!). This, along with lots of lube and going slow, works well for me. No bleeding, no chafing, no pain.

But I never forget that I'm sensitive down there now, and so I pamper myself while still staying intimate and in practice.

Best of luck to you!

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