In this week's Sex Talk Realness, spoke with five women about their experiences with sex, dating, and living with a body that doesn't always work the way you want it to. However, I'm aware that I'm very lucky to have the use of my body and to be in good health; to be physically independent is a priceless gift. The symptoms range from mild dizziness and brain fog to completely debilitating autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Now, I have regained mobility through ongoing biofeedback treatment and can go throughout my average day with mild to moderate symptoms like increased heart rate and pain. I feel like I'm very aware of how fragile the body is. It also pushed me to seek advice from a high-risk ob-gyn — literally years before I'm planning on having children, just so I could get an idea of what pregnancy — or infertility — would look like for someone with my disease. I still worry that some of my essential medications might hurt a pregnancy. I was a teenager when I had my injury, so my body was in a state of change anyway.Of these 30,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only half will be alive in five years.
To start, figure out a time and place that works for you. Woman A: Dysautonomia, which causes chronic fatigue, dehydration, fainting, and I also have an immune deficiency disease, which means I have a greater susceptibility to infections and a harder time than normal fighting them off. Woman D: I've had Ehlers-Danlos all my life, but it got a lot worse when I was 23.Woman C: Because of my specific disability, I have to be almost hyperaware of my physical body and specifically my heart rate at all times.Family responsibilities can include caring for a spouse, child, or parent, being pregnant, or even the chance of becoming pregnant, caring for a disabled child, or sibling or caring for an aging parent. Employers should review their hiring, attendance, promotion, incentive pay, benefits, and leave policies to ensure they are not negatively impacting employees.Family responsibilities discrimination can affect almost any employee. Businesses should train supervisors and HR personnel about what constitutes FRD and how to handle complaints.