Dialog Box

Sexuality Counselling Program

Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) are excited to announce the commencement of our new sexuality counselling pilot program for people impacted by ovarian cancer.

A diagnosis of ovarian cancer and its treatment often changes a person’s sexual function as well as associated feelings, thoughts and behaviour towards intimacy and sexuality. These changes lead many people to feel confused, isolated, sad, and uncertain about their future sex life. It can also impact the partners of those with ovarian cancer.

Research conducted by OCA in collaboration with the University of Melbourne identified that the impact of ovarian cancer on sexuality is not adequately addressed and that people lack the support to empower themselves to address their sexual changes or concerns. This research found that 72% of people were not asked by health professionals about sexuality issues during their treatment, yet 60% would like to be asked.

OCA's sexuality counselling program provides dedicated counselling sessions via telehealth with our sexuality counsellor, to provide support and assistance in identifying, processing, and managing the concerns and changes that may be experienced.

If you are interested in taking part in the sexuality program, or would like more information, please contact our ovarian cancer nurses via Helpline on 1300 660 334 (Monday-Friday during business hours AET).

If you are a health professional wishing to refer a patient, please don’t hesitate to contact the helpline, or email support@ovariancancer.net.au