Losing the Elixir of Life: Sexuality in the Context of Prostate Cancer Narratives
2012 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 22, no 9, 1184-1194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this phenomenological paper we explored how men diagnosed with prostate cancer experienced their sexuality from a lifeworld perspective. One essential meaning was identified: “having the elixir of life stolen”. This essential meaning had four constituents: “something that no longer exists”, “the threat to manhood”, “intimacy” and “staged manhood”. The lifeworld for these men comprised the dynamic interaction between being deprived of their “life’s elixir” and their ability to have and experience intimacy. The men were preoccupied with embodied experiences unfamiliar to them. They mourned the loss of sexuality in connection with their new life situation which threatened their identity. Their female partner was a great support, and with her the man could picture himself and at best renegotiate his sexuality. In the future, cancer care should be organized so as to enable all aspects of sexuality to be acknowledged and discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 22, no 9, 1184-1194 p.
Qualitative analysis, lived experience, sexuality, men’s health
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72337DOI: 10.1177/1049732312449208ISI: 000307334500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-72337DiVA: diva2:459212