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How Do I Overcome My Body and Intimacy Issues Since Having a Mastectomy?

I used to be such a confident person. Since my mastectomy, however, that confidence has fallen by the wayside. Not only do I not feel good about how my body looks -- I also worry that my partner will no longer find me desirable. How do I overcome my body and intimacy issues since having a mastectomy?

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First and foremost, give yourself complete permission to feel whatever emotions you are feeling, without guilt. Do you feel like a prepubescent girl without your breasts? Do you feel like a scarred freak? Or, do you feel empowered and invigorated now that you don't have your "ticking time bombs" on your chest? Whatever it is you're feeling, it's okay!
Some women choose to undergo breast reconstruction, but those procedures are neither easy nor painless, and the results are sometimes less than optimal. Some women are simply tired of surgeries and choose not to undergo reconstruction. Either way, you can end up having body image issues and concerns about intimacy. Support groups, either in person or online, are essential in these situations, as they can be a wealth of information, humor, and hope to help you feel comfortable (and yes, even sexy) after your mastectomy. Also, finding a great place to buy post-mastectomy clothing is very useful.
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