Supportive Care

Supporting the Couple With Female Dyspareunia

Patricia Nishimoto

Una Starr

sexuality, dyspareunia, vaginal dryness, libido
CJON 2015, 19(4), 390-392. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.390-392

Patients receiving treatment for cancer often experience changes in sexual functioning but may be hesitant to ask questions. This article focuses on ways in which nurses can support patients and their partners and address their concerns through various evidence-based interventions.

At a Glance

  • Sexuality, as well as how it is affected by cancer and its treatment, is an important aspect of holistic nursing care.
  • Sexuality is not often brought up by nurses because of concern about a lack of evidence-based interventions.
  • Many of the skills needed to inquire about sexual concerns are those that nurses use daily: active listening, sensitivity, and knowledge about how cancer and its treatment can physiologically affect sexual functioning.
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