Romantic and sexual relationships, body image, and fertility in adolescent and young adult testicular cancer survivors: A review of the literature

Melissa Y. Carpentier, J. Dennis Fortenberry

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This review presents a summary of existing knowledge regarding the effect of testicular cancer along four broad domains, including romantic and sexual relationships, body image, and fertility. A total of 37 studies were reviewed. Of note, most research consists of older adult testicular cancer survivors, with very little research attention afforded to adolescent and young adult survivorship. Relationship status (i.e., partnered versus unpartnered) appears to play an important role as it relates to adjustment outcomes in testicular cancer survivors. In addition, sexual function (and thereby fertility) and body image are also frequently compromised. Implications regarding a lack of developmentally focused research on adolescent and young adult testicular cancer survivorship are discussed, along with recommendations for new research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-125
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010



  • Adolescent and young adult
  • Body image
  • Fertility
  • Relationships
  • Survivors
  • Testicular cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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