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Sexuality

INTIMATE ISSUES WITH MARLOE

Speaking of Sex:
Be H.E.A.R.D.!
BY M A R L OE E S C H

READY FOR A QUICK CHALLENGE?
Ok, repeat after me:
Vulva. Orgasm. Penis.
So, did you do it? I'm serious!
Ok, so everyone's comfort level talking about sex is
different, and you might feel a little weird about saying
the words out loud. That's totally normal! Chances are,
you haven't really had much practice communicating
about the sexual bits of your life or your body. Most
of us have never been given very detailed roadmaps
on how to successfully navigate these kinds of discussions, so it makes sense that the idea of doing so
is nerve-wracking.
But often, such conversations are an important and
necessary part of addressing any worries, concerns, or
questions you might have about your sex life. Cancer
can change how our bodies look or how they respond
to sexual touch, how we feel about our appearance,

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DISCLAIMER
This information
is not a substitute
for medical
care. Always
inform your
healthcare team
of any concerning
symptoms you
are experiencing,
and consult with
your provider
before starting
new treatments,
therapies, or
health routines.

and our interest in being sexual. And
yeah, bringing up any of these sensitive topics with your partner can feel
really awkward. But is it impossible?
Of course not!
So how do you begin? Well, when
it comes to talking about sex, following a few key tips and tricks can
help open the door to a productive dialogue with your honey. Be
H.E.A.R.D.!
onesty really is the best policy
when it comes to conversations
about sex, but it might feel a little
tricky finding a way to do this. Many
of us avoid bringing up our concerns
with our partners because we don't
want to hurt their feelings or make
them feel embarrassed. Maybe we are
afraid they will be offended or they
won't want to talk about it.
Even though it may feel safer not to
say anything, ignoring or avoiding
what's on your mind usually doesn't
help you feel better or resolve the
problem, and it definitely doesn't
give your partner an opportunity to
lend support! Instead, being truthful
allows them to be a part of the solu-

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