For Teens: Are You Ready?
Nerve-Sparing Surgery May Have Better Sexual Outcomes for Women With Cervical Cancer
Teens, are you ready to start having sex? How can you be sure? These are questions we've all grappled with and, unfortunately, there are no easy answers.
There are many angles to consider. Why do you want to have sex? Do you know how sex "works"? Can you talk to your partner openly and honestly about it? Are you mature enough to handle a pregnancy or infection, if they happen? Can you talk to a trusted adult?
In our latest blog post, written specifically for teens, we look at these questions in more detail. We also suggest some topics that teens and their partners can discuss together as they make this big decision.
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Surgical treatment for cervical cancer often involves a radical hysterectomy - removal of the uterus, cervix, and a small portion of the vagina.
It's common for women to develop sexual problems after this surgery. But Italian scientists have found that a nerve-sparing, laparoscopic approach might have better results for sexual health.
During conventional surgeries, some of the nerves may be removed along with the targeted tissues. Nerve-sparing techniques aim to keep as many nerves as possible in the body.
The scientists analyzed data from 40 women having surgery for cervical cancer. Half of the women had traditional laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and the other underwent nerve- sparing procedures.
While all of the women had some sexual issues after surgery, the women who had had nerve-sparing surgery had better scores on a questionnaire designed to assess women's sexual function.
The researchers said that their results were preliminary and that more research was still needed.
The study was published last fall in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details.