Most SCI/sex information after an injury is geared toward men: performance enhancing drugs, male fertility, catheters, penile implants, etc. Women are often told little beyond the fact that they are still able to have children. But we find out there is much, much more.
The article, written by our Executive Producer, Stephanie Lollino, focuses on how women with SCI are now using the internet for information about sex.
In the hospital and in rehab, women are often busy recovering and learning how to adjust to life in a wheelchair — and everything that goes along with it. Hardly any time is spent discussing the intimate future of sexuality and relationships. And because women can still get pregnant after paralysis, not much else is discussed.
“Some women are told they can’t have an orgasm ever again,” according to Dr. Barry Komisaruk, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University. He studied nerve pathways in women with SCI and found many of them indeed could feel sexual sensations. Some women in the study were moved to tears.
The good news is that these days, successful sex for women after a spinal cord injury comes down to finding the right information.