As a women owned and operated sexual health and wellness store, Fantasy Gifts NJ has made breast cancer awareness a priority. Everyone of our employees has been personally touched by this disease and we have made educating our staff and customers about the facts of this very treatable disease.

While October is the time for all things spooky and creepy here’s one thing really scary – many women miss the early signs of breast cancer because they either don’t do self-exams or do not have a mammogram. According to the National Cancer Institute, if breast cancer is caught early and localized, the 5 year survival rate is 98%.  Think about that.  In comparison, the five year survival rate for lung cancer is only 16%.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2014, an estimated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. So no matter who you are or where you live, understanding breast cancer is important. But the most important thing to know is this: a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Breast cancer can be treated.

A side effect of breast cancer treatment is vaginal dryness.  Although we always recommend all women use a lubricant during sexual intercourse, it is particularly important if your body is not capable of producing normal levels of vaginal secretions.  Although Pjur Original Bodyglide is our number one selling silicone based lubricant – and a fabulous product- for breast cancer survivors we often recommend System Jo Agape, because it is water based and mimics the natural ingredients your body normally produces.  It also comes in a warming and cooling formula.   For daily and intimate comfort, try a vaginal moisturizer like JO Renew Vaginal Moisturizer.  Its fusion of silicone and water create a rich moisturizing cream, luxurious application and long lasting effects.

More than 70% of breast cancer survivors report having significant problems in the bedroom more than 2 years after their diagnosis according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine.  The important thing to remember if you are one of them is you are not alone and you do not have to suffer.  A female friendly store like Fantasy Gifts offers knowledgeable, trained women staff who can help you with all of your sexual wellness needs. You can also go online or visit your neighborhood pharmacist.  The important thing is to discuss your sexual issues honestly with your doctor and your partner.  Empower yourself and recognize you deserve a healthy and happy sexual life.

* This article has been updated, originally posted on October, 1st, 2019.

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