How to feel sexy after a mastectomy
How Do I Feel Sexy Again Post-Mastectomy?

How Do I Feel Sexy Again Post-Mastectomy?

Dana Donofree
5 min read

How Do I Feel Sexy Again Post-Mastectomy?

It is hard to feel sexy when your whole world feels entirely un-sexy: Your breasts have been unceremoniously removed from your mastectomy, you’ve lost all of your hair, your eyelashes, and are battling with medically induced menopause and vaginal dryness. Not to mention, when we are feeling deep sorrow, fear, that we are alone, anxiety or/and depression, the last thing we feel is sexy. 

Furthermore, true self-love, self-acceptance and your sexuality can be the furthest thing from your mind and body when dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis or breast surgery. It can be a long emotional road to get back to a place where you are feeling good about your body again. But when you ARE in a space to re-discover and reclaim your sexuality post-diagnosis, there are some different creative ways you can begin to rediscover your sexual self in safe, beautiful ways.

We asked the AnaOno Community the following question:

How have you re-discovered self-love, and what has helped you feel sexy again after your diagnosis, surgeries and treatments?

Words Have Power: Verbal Affirmations and Positive Self Talk

It all begins with the way we speak to ourselves. Most of the time, we underestimate the power words have in our lives, especially the ones we say to ourselves. When it comes to mental health and breast cancer, thinking and saying positive things about our bodies as we heal is vital and can be helpful in the quest of healing and feeling sexy again, and ultimately improving our self-esteem. Motivational mantras can also be a helpful way to boost your positive self-expression. Breast cancer survivor, and yoga teacher, Tamera Anderson-Hanna, emphasizes the power of positive affirmations can have on our lives when spoken aloud:

“It is helpful if you are going to create a positive mantra or affirmation to make the statement in the here and now.  For example, don’t say someday I will have a beautiful body.  Say, “I AM BEAUTIFUL. Using “I am” statements helps us affirm the message today and now rather than someday in the future.”

Note on the mirror that says "Your Foobs look so good in that"
Writing yourself sweet reminders on a sticky note, and putting them on your mirror is a great way to practice positive self talk every day.

Finding Sexy Post-Mastectomy Lingerie 

We all deserve to look and feel like the sexy, powerful goddess we are. And what is more empowering than treating ourselves to beautiful, sexy lingerie --even if no one else will see it, and it’s for your eyes only! After a breast cancer diagnosis and surgery, we know how hard it can be to find something that helps you to feel sexy. (Not to mention that fits and is comfortable too!) Our range of comfortable, soft, and wireless post-mastectomy lingerie is designed specifically to help you find and feel sassy, sexy and get your mojo back.

The Gloria Bra   is our sexiest, most captivating style, made to compliment your f(oo)bs whether they are reconstructed after mastectomy, from a breast prosthesis, rocking your flat and fabulous bod, or boosted with AnaOno Breast Forms. This wireless post-surgical style is designed with luxurious stretch lace, elegant seaming, and silken bow details to show off your femininity. It is constructed thoughtfully to not irritate any sensitive skin areas, is underwire free, and features fully lined soft cups.

gloria bra
The Gloria Bra is the perfect blend of comfort and vavoom! It’s super sexy and pretty, but you won’t feel like you need to take it off after a long day.”-Melissa

The Susan is the ultimate combination of elegance and comfort, mixing romantic lace with cloud-soft comfortability. The design defines your figure in a flattering deep V-shape to the front for your favorite low-cut tops, and fits beautifully to your body whether you have 2 breasts, 1 breast or no breasts at all. Flat or unilateral? This style is another pocketed post-mastectomy option so if you’re in the mood, slip in AnaOno F(OO)B Breast Forms for some added oomph!

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"I just love this as the cup size is just right along with the soft stretch lace band that does not rub against my scars. I will be 80 this year and had to often go without a bras after surgeries that left painful scars. I can now wear this bra all day long and have boobs again!” -Bonnie about The Susan Bra

The Delilah is feminine, flirty and oh so soft. The lightweight modal material soothes sensitive skin while the delicate lace gives you the confidence boost and fun you’ve been looking for. It’s so comfortable with medium support, you can even go to your favorite yoga class in it, lounge around the house, or dress up for a night out. Works beautifully for reconstructed and DIEP flap f(oo)bs, as well as unilateral and flat (with or without breast forms!) 

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"Putting on The Delilah Bra... it makes me feel like I did before my mastectomy... cute, playful, flirty. I love feeling like me again." - Tonya
Don't forget to complete your set with a matching pair of  AnaOno Underwear!

The Rora  provides style, comfort, and support -- not to mention lift and side support. This bra is made from super-soft, long-lasting modal material that’s designed to stay comfortable and move with you without giving up on the heavy lifting. 

Rora Front closure bra
The Monica Full Coverage Bra provides comfortable, modest coverage, a wide band, and adjustable and convertible straps that provide superior support. With its super sleek luxurious modal fabric, ultra-lightweight feel, and criss-cross adjustable straps, this bra puts comfort first in all the right ways.
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Self-Love Photo Shoot 

Taking sexy pictures of yourself is an amazing way to practice loving yourself and your post-surgical/ post-treatment body. Doing so can help you create awareness and acceptance of your new body and re-discover your erotic nature! 

Breast cancer and ovarian cancer thriver, Bianca recalled, “After my mastectomy, I was feeling down and decided to do a little self-love shoot in my bedroom to help see myself as a sexual being again. So I put on some cute underwear and took some photos of myself on my phone that helped me rediscover myself in a positive and beautiful light. I still do this if I’m feeling insecure about my body.”

Three Instagram posts from Bianca next to each other

 “I go buy a cute AnaOno lingerie or swimsuit. It doesn’t even matter if anyone else sees me in them because I feel good about myself.” -Bianca Muniz Photos courtesy of Bianca Muniz.

Masturbation Post-Surgery

It’s frustrating that female masturbation is still such a taboo subject, but masturbation after a breast cancer surgery? It’s not a topic that our doctors will typically talk to us about it.

Despite the lack of conversation surrounding sex and self-pleasure, there are those in the community who have found that erotic self-touch is integral in their emotional, physical and mental healing following their mastectomy or breast surgery. Not only has it helped them re-discover their bodies, but also feel their sexiest again. For Molly, practicing self-love through masturbation was extremely healing, because she was able to orgasm for herself post-surgery, and see herself sexually again. 

“I literally made myself masturbate, the same way someone might make themselves practice piano. I wanted to figure out what worked in my body and what didn't. I had been on autopilot to get through my surgeries, and I wanted to see what was actually happening in my emotions. I also wanted to try to create a new sexual relationship with myself in order to create a strong foundation with a partner."

Renew the sexual relationship with yourself and your body by re-connecting. and practicing self -love in whatever way feels the most empowering for YOU. Whether that means treating yourself to sexy lingerie, practicing positive self-talk, or feeling yourself up, do what is right for you. 

Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.