I recently tried to have intercourse after nearly a year. I had a complete abdominal hysterectomy and removal of the right ovary along with an appedectomy during a colon resection in July of 2008. I was going through chemo (colorectal CA) last year when I had intercourse and then went through radiation in the winter. During this time, my long-time boyfriend and I had decided to take time from each other. I have started chemo again after a relapse. This time with intercourse (we are working on our relationship and my illness) there was a lot of pain and bleeding. Full penetration did not occur as the pain was too intense. I did go to a CNP to check for vaginal tearing, which I do have.
Would chemo cause me to be more tender? When I last saw my GYN in Feb, we joked about a vaginal dialator but I insisted I would be fine as I had a healthy sexual lifestyle prior to the treatments. I am not able to see my GYN for a couple more weeks. What exactly would a vaginal dialator do? Would it help with the pain and discomfort I feel? We used a lot of lubrication as I now experience a lot of dryness do to the surgery. What can I do to help with the dryness?
Are there any other questions I should ask my GYN when I see him? I am very embarrassed by this so I want to make sure I have accurate information about treatment so that all parts of my relationship can be worked on.
Thank you for your help with this delicate situation.
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