The physical act of intercourse is not all that defines your sexuality. When we talk about sexuality, we mean more than what goes on behind your bedroom doors. Sexuality is the intimacy between you and your partner, your preferences, your body image and desires. The definition above is not usually what most people think of when they think of sex. This is especially true when people have experienced a spinal cord injury SCI.
Sexual Function for Women After Spinal Cord Injury
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Sex is one of the first things most people think about after suffering a spinal cord injury, and it was a major and salient issue for Laura early on. Sex is, for many, such a central human drive and intimate experience, it is hard not to think about it. About 80 to 90 percent of those who sustain a spinal cord injury SCI will experience a change in their sex lives. The nature of that change varies drastically according to the idiosyncrasies of each individual injury; depending on exactly where along the spinal column one suffered damage, and the type of damage they suffered, they may retain their genital sensation, or lose some or all of it. They may have trouble getting aroused, or reaching orgasm, or their arousal and orgasm may feel different from how it did before their injuries. They may develop varied levels of impaired mobility. Some may develop blood pressure and bowel and bladder control issues during sex.
Sexual Activity after Spinal Cord Injury
Unfortunately the particulars of how paraplegics get it on is often a mystery even for many paralysis sufferers. Writer, Tre Trefethen, recently discussed the sensitive topic on the National Sexuality Resource Center's website in hopes of coaxing other paralegics to trade sex secrets. While rehabilitating from his injuries, Trefethen was only given the standard lube job information and the warning not to grip his penis too tightly when it came to sex. While masturbating, Trefethen couldn't feel his hand on his shaft, but he was able to produce pleasurable stomach spasms. A shot of Papaverine produced a sturdy erection, for several hours, but it left the head of his penis disproportionately small against his swollen shaft.
After the trailers for Me Before You started airing on TV, some disability rights activists began to speak out in protest. One of the many problems people have pointed out about the film is that the main character Will, who became a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident, assumes that having a fulfilling sex life is not possible for someone with his type of physical disability. It's a very common misconception, Mitchell Tepper, Ph.