I was diagnosed with breast cancer last July and had surgery to remove the lump, have been
treated with radiation therapy and am now taking Tamoxifen twice a day. Since my cancer was
estrogen positive, I was immediately taken off estrogen which was helping me with hot flashes.
Since I have been on the Tamoxifen, I have been experiencing hot flashes, but they do seem
to occur less and less every day. I still experience them in bed at night and I feel the need to
throw the covers across the room as far away as I can. I also have been totally turned off by sex.
My sexual desire has completely disappeared, and the dryness that occurs when my husband
attempts penetration just makes it no fun. I cannot reach an orgasm even by manual means.
I just feel like it's hopeless even trying. My doctor tells me that I will get back to somewhat
"normal" in about a year or so, and hopefully I will. But right now, I miss the feeling of "connection"
with my husband and the closeness that comes with an intimate relationship. If there is anyone
else out there going through the same thing or experiencing these same symptoms, please
write. It would help to know that this is normal and it will get better someday.