Many people experience changes to their sexual wellbeing associated with breast cancer treatment that can be caused by menopause or menopause-like symptoms. These can include vaginal dryness or discomfort, loss of libido (sex drive), changes to self-esteem and fatigue.
This video will help to provide you with strategies to manage menopausal symptoms and discuss the support available to assist you with your sexual and emotional wellbeing.
You will hear from Dr Tonia Mezzini, Sexual Health Physician and Naveena Nekkalapudi, BCNA Consumer Representative.
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Dr Tonia Mezzini is a leading Sexual Health Physician based in Adelaide, committed to helping people with a range of sexual, hormonal, vulval and reproductive health concerns. With her level of expertise and caring approach, patients can feel assured they are being offered best practice, a tailored treatment approach and compassionate medical care.
Naveena Nekkalapudi has lived experience, both through her own diagnosis and as a carer for her mother with differing breast cancers in 2014 and 2022 respectively. Post diagnosis and treatment, Naveena decided to re-evaluate her life and focus on matters that are important to her. She is passionate about improving the experience of future individuals diagnosed with cancer, with particular interests in equity of care, health system navigation, maintaining patient quality of life (especially treatment optimisation and sexual health issues) and the reduction of financial toxicity as a consequence of cancer treatments. In her previous (corporate) life, she was a senior professional with extensive strategy, research, M&A and management skills across a range of industries – dairy, trustee, funds management and private health insurance. Naveena has an M. B. A. from Melbourne Business School and is a consumer representative of BCNA, Cancer Council Victoria, Breast Cancer Trials, VCCC, Eastern Health, Safer Care Victoria and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research to name a few.
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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