A few people have asked me about having sex during chemotherapy treatment. To put it simply, it is NOT safe to have sex until 48 hours after treatment. If you don’t want to wait you can use condoms but do not have unprotected sex until that time period has passed.
Why?? Because you can transfer the medicine given during chemotherapy treatments to your partner during sex. Your partner could start losing their hair and have other side effects as a result of being exposed to the chemotherapy drugs. To me, that risk is not worth it and it would be selfish of me to take that risk with my husband’s health….we can wait a few days if need be.
Why do you have to flush the toilet twice after chemo?
Making sure to get rid of all your body fluids and waste after chemotherapy. For example, flush the toilet twice after using it. This is important because the medication stays in your body for about 48 hours after treatment. It could harm healthy people in your home.
What type of chemotherapy are you receiving? Some types of chemotherapy can lead to changes in the lining of the vagina, which may make vaginal injuries more likely during vaginal intercourse. Normal bacteria that live on the skin or in the genital tract may be introduced into your bloodstream.
If your chemotherapy reduces the levels of your germ-fighting white blood cells, you may not be protected from these bacteria. Your doctor may recommend you avoid sexual intercourse until your white blood cell counts rise to safe levels.
If chemotherapy causes a low platelet count, intercourse could cause bleeding. If your platelet count is extremely low, severe bleeding could occur.
Are you feeling up to it? During chemotherapy, fatigue or other side effects including effects on hormonal levels may decrease your interest in sex. If you’re not interested in intercourse, remember that there’s more to an intimate relationship than sex. Look for other ways to express affection, such as kissing, cuddling or other shared activities.