Bowel issues after radiation therapy (radiotherapy) can include diarrhoea with soft, bloody stools and sometimes the need to run to the wharepaku/toilet.
You may also notice that the skin inside your anus (the hole your poo/tūtae comes out of) is extra sensitive, too. This irritation can make anal sex uncomfortable and painful, and getting in the mood can be difficult overall.
Bowel issues and anal sex
Keep in mind that your body needs time to heal before getting back into the swing of things. Having anal sex while dealing with bowel issues can further irritate your skin or cause damage. It may help to let things settle 3 to 4 weeks after treatment before having anal sex again.
Too much irritation can cause permanent damage to your anal canal. You should also stay away from products that numb the anal area, as this can be equally damaging.
After I've healed, what elseOnce you’ve healed, there are things you can do before and during sex to ease your way back in.
can I do to prepare for sex?
avoid eating kai/foods that cause you bowel issues for several hours before sex
empty your bowels just before having sex
maintain good personal hygiene to help boost your confidence
light scented candles if you're concerned about smells
have tissues and towels nearby
you can use an anal plug, which can be bought online