What It's Really Like To Have Sex With A Cancer

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Cancer, born between June 21 and July 23 and also known as Moon Children, may have a tough exterior, but tend to be the most extraordinarily attentive lovers among the zodiac signs.

Their personality traits make them thoroughly kind and thoughtful, which goes with their nurturing nature. The Cancer zodiac sign is also extremely romantic — when they're not being distant and moody, that is.

Despite this, it's usually easy to lure the Crab out of its shell, either by giving them time and space to come out on their own, or by showering them with a healthy dose of TLC. And that's especially true when it comes to the sex life of a Cancer.

Why are Cancers so good in bed?

Unlike some zodiac signs who focus primarily on the physical aspects of sex, Cancer wants a sexual experience that is intimate, tender and gentle. For Cancer, a deep emotional connection is necessary for fulfillment.

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But along with tender touch, Cancer is far from boring.

In fact, experimentation and an open mind are just two qualities that make the Crab an excellent lover.

1. Cancer loves to role-play.

Perhaps it's due to their propensity for change, but Cancers are into role-playing, as long as the games are edgy. They favor slave scenarios and prefer to be the "bottom."

It's usually OK to be a wee bit mean and even aggressive to Cancer during game time, but it's important to lay down the ground rules first.

However, even in Master/slave play, Moon Children need to know that they're loved and cherished. They need constant reassurance, and if they don't get it, they are likely to stray until they find it.

2. Cancer prefers out-of-the-box sex positions.

Cancers tend to prefer sexual postures that most others find downright uncomfortable.

A favorite is lying on the side with one lover curled behind the other's back — crablike, if you will. This works especially well for vaginal intercourse, as well as anal sex.

3. Cancer men, especially, love breasts.

These Water signs are notorious for being extremely attracted to breasts. It's one (or two!) of their ruling body parts.

Cancer men can zoom in on this feature and nothing else, while Cancer women love drawing attention to their cleavage in daringly low cut blouses, naughty bras or, even better yet, no bras at all.

The flesh of their breasts (not so much the nipples) are especially sensitive to finger and tongue stimulation. Cancer men like to bring focus to this area of their anatomy as well, and will often shave their chests to heighten their sensitivity and visibility.

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4. Cancer considers the stomach to be an erogenous zone.

Another one of this Sun sign's erogenous zones is the stomach. Not very sexy, you think? Well, to a Cancer it is.

Many Cancer men are turned on just from a little tummy tickling, and Cancer women sometimes have prominent bellies (not potbellies, but cute little pooches).

Remember that scene from "Pulp Fiction" where the adorable Fabienne extols the virtues of "Having a bit of a tummy... like Madonna when she did 'Lucky Star'"? Dollars to donuts, Fabienne was a Moon Child. And she was right — tummies can be cute.

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5. Cancer is incredibly persuasive and seductive.

Crabs are sometimes known as the bad boys and girls of the Zodiac. With all of that nurturing and emphasis on hearth and home, they're not the most faithful Sun sign — but it's just part of their appeal in the bedroom.

Cancer can probably give a pretty convincing argument about why it's a good idea to have an affair with them, even if you're perfectly happy with your mate. You might actually find yourself seriously considering their proposition, if not succumbing to their charms.

However, this brand of behavior might have more to do with their insecurities and less to do with actual desire.

How to Have Great Sex with a Cancer

To keep a Cancer in one bed (yours!), it's important that they are constantly reassured that they're appreciated. A partner who's constantly criticizing or berating them — like a Taurus might — has a good chance of chasing Cancer from their boudoir into someone else's.

Due to their elusive nature, Cancer won't always verbalize their sexual desires to their partners.

Knowing what turns on a Cancer might be somewhat of a mystery, but you will have a great time trying to find out. And you will no doubt be rewarded with a caring and comforting paramour in return.

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Ariella Moonstone has been a sought-after astrologer for several decades, counting many recognizable names among her private clientele. Vivian Woodley, MA/MFT, has been a licensed therapist for more than 20 years, specializing in issues related to sexuality. Their book, The Astrology Sex Diet, is available on Amazon.