This volume considers how illness and injury affect sexuality and offers strategies to overcome sexual difficulties after health challenges.
Sexuality is much more than sex; it is the embodiment of how we perceive our sexual selves and encompasses past experiences, attitudes, values, as well as the meanings that we have constructed throughout our lives about our sexual behavior. It is integral to healthy human functioning, and it can be severely affected whenever a person becomes the victim of illness or injury. This book describes how illness and injury impact sexual functioning. From cancer to diabetes, hysterectomy to injury, from mental illness to combat injury, the author covers a wide variety of illness and disease that can directly impact sexuality. Based on cutting edge research, current practice in this area by leading sex therapists and experts, the author provides readers with a guide to how illness and disease can affect sexual functioning and how victims can handle the various issues involved. Case studies, quotes from patients, and tips and solutions for problems encountered in all aspects of sexual functioning are included throughout.
Until now, a comprehensive overview of the challenges to sexuality from illness and injury was not available. This book explains the reasons why illness and injury affect sexuality. This information alone will help many people who are experiencing problems in their sex lives as a result of the illness itself or the treatments for it. It also presents suggestions for how people can help themselves to solve their problems. Helpful resources are included at the end of each chapter for further information and help. Each chapter contains stories of people who have experienced sexual problems as a result of illness or injury and many readers will see themselves in these examples. Just knowing that other people have the same sorts of problems may be a comfort. In addition, the information and explanations in the book can be helpful in starting a conversation with health care providers about problems in sexual functioning. Readers will come away with a better understanding of how they can cultivate sexuality during and after battling illness and injury.
Anne Katz RN PhD is the sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba. Dr Katz has written two books on cancer and sexuality. One for consumers is called Woman Cancer Sex and the other, a text book for health care providers, is called Breaking the Silence on Cancer and Sexuality. This book won an Apex Award for Publishing Excellence in 2008.
Reviews "A sexuality counselor for cancer patients provides a head-to-toe overview of how sexuality is affected by illness and injury. Following an introduction to the mechanical and social aspects of sexuality and when to seek help, Katz (RN, PhD, U. of Manitoba) discusses sexual functioning challenges and solutions relating to specific life stages, conditions, treatment side effects, and surgical procedures: e.g., young adulthood, cancer (in men and women), combat injury, depression, and colon surgery. The book includes case studies, coping tips, and suggested reading and Web resources for patients and professionals."—SciTech Book News