Bipolar is essentially a mood disorder which causes an individual to swing between depressed and elevated states.Some 2.4 million people are thought to be affected in the UK, with most diagnosed with either bipolar 1 -characterised by the most severe ‘up’ states, known as mania (which can also lead to hallucinations), or bipolar 2: the less severe form - defined by hypomania, a milder elevated state.“Sex is everywhere, but sexual dysfunction is something that is embarrassing, upsetting and devastating,” said Albaugh, who has worked with patients suffering from sexual dysfunction for more than 20 years.
Treatment for cancers of the pelvic area often cause sexual problems.
Individuals learn to watch out for triggers that may send them spinning into an exaggerated mood state.
Yet, sex for those who are bipolar can prove a real minefield.
Sexual problems men can experience from treatment include: For some men, changes in sexual function were present before or at the time of their cancer diagnosis.
It is also common for sexual issues to develop during treatment, soon after treatment, or years later.