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Women with breast cancer generally do not communicate with the medical team their common sexual concerns, such as function disturbances, loss of libido, and lower sexual activity.
Researchers investigated whether a multimedia intervention can facilitate such communication, called Starting the Conversation (STC).
The intervention included a 20-min video, a workbook, and a resource guide.
According to the results, women assigned to the STC group were more likely to raise these topics and inquire about it in the clinic than in the control group.
Additionally, these women experienced fewer anxiety symptoms and were more sexually active at two months post-intervention.
Future studies should focus on identifying essential characteristics of the clinical encounter for improving sexual outcomes.
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