Jill, a breast cancer survivor, joined a clinical study run by Kristen Carpenter, director of Women’s Behavioral Health at Ohio State University, that looks at ways of improving sexual and emotional health after breast cancer. The study of 30 women used mind-body techniques to help them rethink negative, self-directed thoughts. This Washington Post article explores this intervention and more!
We at the Carpenter Lab wish you all a happy 2019! In this updated article, Dr. Kristen Carpenter offers her advice on how to make and keep a New Year’s resolution.
When a significant other has a #MeToo story, solid listening skills are more important than ever. Dr. Kristen Carpenter offers her advice in this Health.com article listing 6 ways partners can be supportive of assault survivors.
The majority of survivors of sexual assault report post-traumatic stress symptoms. How can we move on and regain our healthy sexual lives and move past trauma? Dr. Kristen Carpenter offers her clinical expertise in this article on Health.com.
We’re big fans of this classroom activity led by Dr. Jackson Katz. Are men aware of just how much thought women put into staying safe each and every day? This article summarizes the results of Katz’s activity and points to how simply being a woman can be exhausting.
For some women, breastfeeding isn’t an option — and being reminded of that fact can be difficult to handle. This article, featuring input from Dr. Carpenter, details one new mom and breast cancer survivor’s decision to address the issue head-on, by posting a sign above her hospital bed before giving birth.
Our research team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is currently enrolling participants to participate in a paid one-time online anonymous survey about sexual health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.
We are interested in examining health and sexuality in young adults. This study may help us better understand the health, fertility, and sexuality in young adults, particularly those who have experienced a cancer diagnosis at a young age. We hope to learn what factors predict better outcomes in survivors and to see how young adult survivors differ from young adults without a cancer history in sexual health outcomes. The ultimate goal is to use our findings to guide future research in developing tailored sexuality interventions for AYA cancer survivors to reduce poor sexual outcomes.
The survey is online and anonymous and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Following completion of the survey, you will be e-mailed a $10 Amazon gift card and have the opportunity to enter a lottery to receive an additional $50 Amazon gift card.
You may be eligible for the study if you are between the ages of 18-39, have been diagnosed with or have a history of cancer, are not currently pregnant, and have access to an internet-enabled device.
If you are interested in participating or learning more about this study, please contact:
Dr. Kristen Carpenter notes that being dramatically sleep-deprived has a remarkable impact on your mood after having a baby. This article discusses when it might be postpartum depression, not just a case of the baby blues.
Dr. Kristen Carpenter comments on how breast cancer patients’ sexual lives may be affected by treatment, and what we can do to help.
In a featured post on the Wexner Medical Center website, Dr. Kristen Carpenter offers advice on how to know if therapy may be right for you.