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As a relationship deepens, you may wonder how your experience with cancer could affect your sexual health and intimacy with your partner.
You don’t have to be sexually involved with someone to be intimate with them.
Instead, intimacy is a connection that builds between two people over time.
Some express their fears and concerns through humor.
Communication is important for healthy sexual feelings in any relationship.
In particular, sharing cancer-related concerns can help relieve worries.
If they respond favorably, working to meet your needs as well as expressing their own, you’re well on your way to building a solid foundation of intimacy. If and when red flags reveal themselves or you begin to feel unsafe or uncomfortable, stop. Proceed with caution until you have a clearer understanding of whether to continue building trust with this person or protect your heart and walk away. For example, a first date is most likely too soon to talk about being exclusive.
Or, if they seem unwilling to meet you half way, uninterested in hearing your needs, or unable to express their own wants and needs, you’re now armed with the information you need to decide if you’d like to work on the relationship or cut your losses and move on. Intimacy Issue #4: How to talk about exclusivity One of the most difficult intimacy issues to discuss in any new relationship is the subject of exclusivity. However, if you’ve been spending a significant amount of time together, are starting to talk about the future, and are engaged in a deepening physical relationship, chances are good that it’s time for a heart to heart about becoming exclusive with one another.