Aside from the physical implications of a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, having cancer and the treatment involved can impact on a woman’s mental wellbeing and affect her body image and confidence.
80 per cent of women with ovarian cancer said they had experienced mental ill health (including depression, anxiety, stress, low mood and mood swings) since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In contrast, just 36 per cent of women said anyone involved in their treatment had discussed their mental wellbeing.
Body image and sexuality
Many women struggle with their body image post treatment and with regaining sexual intimacy. 69 per cent of women with ovarian cancer said they had experienced a loss of self-esteem, 73 per cent of women reported difficulties with intimacy and 84 per cent reported a lower sex drive.