Sexuality

Sexuality, wellness and fertility are topics that aren’t talked about enough but are extremely important to the AYA cancer community.  Check out stories and experiences that can help educate you on what to expect with sexual health, fertility and wellness.  Have an experience or story that you’d like to share with the community?  Let us know about it!

Tougher Together: Sharing Stories of Surviving Cancer

by Marquina Iliev-Piselli October 10, 2019

The doctor finally called late on a Friday night. Holding my son in my arms, I rushed to the kitchen and picked up the phone. “I hate having calls like this,” he said. “It’s malignant.” Malignant, I thought, my brain trying and failing to grasp the enormity of the word. “You’re going to have to […]

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Maybe, Baby? Birth Control After Cancer

by Marloe Esch October 3, 2019

Don’t be afraid to bring up birth control at your next appointment.  Your provider can help you understand your risk of pregnancy and what options may be right for you.

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Used to Feel So Good, Now it Feels SO Baaaaad…

by Marloe Esch June 14, 2019

Healthy blood vessels, nerves, and hormones all play a role in the genital changes that happen during sexual arousal.  Unfortunately, certain cancer treatments can disrupt any part of this complex process.  For example, pelvic surgery or radiation can alter the blood or nerve supply to your genitals, or cause tissue damage and scar formation. 

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Sex and the Survivor

by Amelia Baffa February 5, 2019

he impact of cancer and cancer treatment can physically and psychologically affect our relationships, this can be especially true when it comes to romance and/or intimate relationships.

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Intimate Issues with Marloe: Your Brain in the Bedroom

by Marloe Esch January 7, 2019

While it’s true that the physiological aspects of sexual functioning, like vaginal lubrication, erection, and orgasm, are impacted in part by both our hormones and the health of the blood vessels and nerves that supply our nether-regions, that’s not the whole story. 

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After A Mastectomy You Get New Boobs! Yay! Wait, Not Really…

by Karen October 26, 2018

When I tell people about my mastectomy and breast reconstruction, I receive lots of support, many questions and even some rude comments. The most frequent thing I hear from both women and men is “at least you will get perky boobs” (insert awkward laugh here)

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Rethinking Body Image: Remember To Love Yourself

by Clarissa Schilstra

When I first started going on dates and had my first relationship (which wasn’t until sophomore year of college), I was incredibly nervous. Not only was I late in the game compared to many of my peers, but I was also incredibly self-conscious. Sure, I had the same questions running through my head that most girls consider – does he really like me, does he think I’m pretty, will he ask me out again?

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5 Tips For Navigating Sex And Intimacy After Cancer

by Natalie Hatjes

There are many physical and emotional changes after cancer that can affect sex and intimacy. Read more on ways to cope with and embrace this new normal in your bedroom.  This post is for the ladies out there! They are the words no one wants to hear: “You have cancer.”

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Let’s Talk About Sex

by Mallory Casperson

This post is brought to us by Jennifer!  If you missed her interview with Lacuna Loft, you can find it here!  You can find all of her posts here. “Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me.”

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Have You Heard Of Chemo Dates?

by Mallory Casperson

Having young adult cancer can definitely put a crimp in your dating life.  If you thought dating as a young adult was hard, add in loss of hair, other body changes, fatigue, and everything else cancer brings into the mix and you’ve got an emotionally complicated situation.  Everyone deals with this in a different way.

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