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Sexuality and Body Image

  • Discusses sexual functioning and sexual dysfunction associated with gynaecological cancers and treatments
  • Describes the circumstances which can trigger negative perceptions of body image
  • Provides suggestions for communicating about sexuality
  • Includes common misconceptions health professionals often have about sexuality
  • Guides on how to best manage sexual problems in women with gynaecological cancer

A woman living with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer is confronted by a range of problems that can have a profound psychological impact on the woman and her partner. One of the most important is the issue of sexuality and body image which is thoroughly explored in this chapter. Although gynaecological cancer directly affects the organs most directly connected with sexuality, body image and sexuality is a neglected area of care.

Contents include

  • Sexual functioning and dysfunction
    • General sexual dysfunction
    • Dysfunction with gynaecological cancer
    • Dysfunction associated with cancer treatment
    • Specific gynaecological cancers and treatments
  • Body image
  • Communicating about sexuality
  • Managing sexual problems in women with gynaecological cancer
    • General health
    • PLISSIT model
    • Managing specific sexual problems
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Author / Editor Biographies

Rosalind Robertson holds a master's degree in arts (psychology) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Psycho-Oncology Society. She has worked in the field of women's health for more than 20 years, and has a special interest in the psychosexual aspects of gynaecological cancer. Rosalind initially worked in the Menopause Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women (Sydney), where she was involved in counselling and research on the psychological aspects of menopause. She has held a full time position as psychologist in the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at the Roy...

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