The site, which launched earlier this month, “enables people who cannot engage in sexual intercourse to meet and experience love, companionship and intimacy at its deepest level.” In other words, it helps people — like Brashier, who had trouble dating because they could not have sex — to find an intimate, loving relationship. Over ten years ago, Brashier finished treatment for cervical cancer, which saved her life but made sex unbearably painful.She explains, “I still have all the same sexual desires I had before cancer.
Enter 2date4love, a dating website created by cancer survivor Laura Brashier.
As the cancer treatment took a toll on my body, I’m no longer able to function sexually the way I used to.
This has proven to be an enormous challenge when it comes to dating — when the topic of intimacy is raised, I fear that once my partner knows my limitations, he may lose interest.” There are a myriad reasons why people might seek a non-sexual romantic relationship, but very few venues in which to find a partner who feels the same way.
Cancer treatments like Brashier’s very often interfere with sexual functioning, and even the process of aging can lower women’s sex drive and inhibit men’s sexual performance.
But this large group of people generally experiences significant stigma around the issue, leaving them fearful of what their partner will say. “It’s just the freedom of not having it on my mind when I am talking to a man,” she said.