Dating A Cancer Woman: 11 Things You Should Know

Cancer women, born between June 22 to July 22, are the homebodies of the zodiac. Known for their sweet, nurturing nature and no-nonsense maternal qualities, these women make great partners for those who dream of long-term, stable relationships. But here’s what you should know about dating a Cancer woman.

  1. She loves romantic surprises. Cancer women are known for their sweetness. They are sweet to be around, and in turn, they love sweet gestures doted upon them. So they’re lovers of romantic surprises! It doesn’t have to be super fancy or extravagant. Think a quiet picnic or a home-cooked meal by candlelight. Gestures like these are what Cancer women live for. Because as nurturing and caring as they are, a little appreciation never goes astray either!
  2. You can depend on her loyalty. Another amazing thing about dating a Cancer woman is that you can pretty much guarantee her loyalty. Sure, this temperamental water sign has her faults. She experiences mood swings regularly, but no matter how bad of a mood she’s in, she will always have her back. She is reliable and you can always trust her to keep her word.
  3. She’s a natural nurturer. Cancer is a homebody, a domestic goddess, and a natural server. She shows her love by caring for the people around her, almost in a maternal way. You can be sure that when you date a Cancer woman she’ll look after you like no one else. When you’re sick or just having a bad day, she’ll be there with soup, a cup of tea, and anything else you need to feel better.
  4. She seems tough, but she’s a softie. Because Cancer can take a while to come out of her shell (it’s no coincidence that her symbol is the crab), dating a woman under this sign means she can seem cold and distant at first. She doesn’t warm up to new people immediately. So she can seem like an unfriendly personality. Her honesty also makes her seem tough and unforgiving. But the truth is Cancer is a big softie and dating a woman in this sign is incredibly rewarding! She has a huge heart. It may just take a while for her to reveal that side of herself to the person she’s dating.
  5. She goes through a frequent roller coaster of emotions. Water signs are emotional, and Cancer is no exception. She thinks with her heart rather than her head, and she doesn’t always have the discipline to put on a front and act like things are okay. There’s rarely any confusion about how she’s feeling; she’ll tell you and she’ll show you. Her roller coaster of emotions ranges from affectionate to cold and back again, so keeping up with her can be tricky sometimes.

More things you should know about dating a Cancer woman

  1. She can tell when you’re lying. Cancer values honesty. And luckily for her, she also happens to have a brilliant bullshit-detector. This sign can almost always tell when you’re lying. She’s intuitive and can read body language, noticing all the clues that you don’t even realize you’re sending. Don’t bother trying to trick her because she’ll always come out on top.
  2. She won’t ignore red flags. Given that Cancer craves commitment and a long-term relationship, she’ll always try hard to make every relationship work. But not at the expense of her standards. If she notices red flags that turn into deal-breakers, she won’t put up with them. As much as she wants to be in a relationship, she values her dignity more.
  3. She wants you to confide in her. Being a nurturer and carer, Cancer wants you, her partner, to confide in her. It’s liberating to her when she can finally let her guard down and be vulnerable, and she wants you to do the same. Plus, she’ll feel better about finally coming out of her shell when she sees that you are doing it too. Don’t be afraid to show your weaknesses to her. Trying to come across as perfect will only frustrate her.
  4. She enjoys the simple things in life. While Cancer does appreciate romantic gestures, she enjoys the simple things in life. She has everything she needs with her family in a home surrounded by love. You can surprise her, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money or plan anything too elaborate. Less is more.
  5. She’s easily affected by the world around her. Cancer is sensitive and impressionable. That means that the world around her gets to her quite easily. If you’re sad, she feels sad too. If she sees something awful on the news, it might put her in a bad mood for days. She’s like a sponge that absorbs nearly everything that comes her way, further adding to her roller coaster of emotions.
  6. She’s family-orientated. Cancer women are family-orientated. In most cases, this sign will dream of having her own family one day, and isn’t usually suited to people who don’t share that dream. Her family will also be important to her, so allow space for them in her life. Her heart is big enough for everyone. Dating a Cancer woman is a rewarding experience if you’re prepared for it.
Vanessa Locampo is an Aussie writer who’s equally obsessed with YA fiction and pasta. Her time is divided between writing all the things, reading all the things, listening to Queen, and bopping her cat on the nose. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and has written for sites including and Discovering Montana, and currently works as an editor at Glam. You can keep up with her on Instagram @vanessaellewrites.