A grad student from Boston was having sex when her partner found a lump in her breast and urged her to get it looked at. The 24 year-old had no family history of breast cancer but at the behest of her partner had testing done and to her surprise was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
Most 24 year old females with no family history will not be screened for breast cancer. In fact self breast exams are recommended against by the United States Preventative Services Task Force in fear of over diagnosis of benign lumps.
Moreover the average person cites not having an adequate amount of time with one’s medical provider as visit times are short. So for many individuals, their partner may be the first and only person to identify a serious medical condition.
So what medical conditions can be found during sex?
- Breast Lump
- Lymphadenopathy from cancer metastasis
- Cervical Cancer – bleeding after sex
- Menopause – vaginal dryness
- Testicular lump
- Diabetes – fruity odor
- Pelvic mass
- Anal fissures
- Rectal mass
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
and the list goes on.
The key is exploration and spending time with one’s partner before the sexual act. Now suggesting a medical exam before sex may kill the mood, but under the guise of foreplay could be very advantageous, with follow up at one’s medical provider paramount.
So sex again has been found to have health benefits…..and now life saving qualities…