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What’s important to know about sex and intimacy after a spinal cord injury?

What’s important to know about sex and intimacy after a spinal cord injury?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Don't go into it comparing yourself to what you did before. I think we tend to always look at this is, "Where I was, and that's where I want to get." And with sex and intimacy, I think it's really important to take it from, &quo... Show More

Don't go into it comparing yourself to what you did before. I think we tend to always look at this is, "Where I was, and that's where I want to get." And with sex and intimacy, I think it's really important to take it from, "Where are we right now"—"let me get to know you right now"—"What's working for us now?"—"Let's find the areas that really turn us on." It may be areas we least expect, and it may be components of our love life that we've never explored before. But I think if you measure the success based off of how you performed in bed, or how you related prior to the injury, you're going to set yourself up for some disappointments. So my advice is to look forward, and explore, and be creative, and have fun with it. Don't worry about the past; you have a new opportunity, make it happen.

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What’s important to know about sex and intimacy after a spinal cord injury?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Kristine Cichowski
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Don't go into it comparing yourself to what you did before. I think we tend to always look at this is, "Where I was, and that's where I want to get." And with sex and intimacy, I think it's really important to take it from, "Where are we right now"—"let me get to know you right now"—"What's working for us now?"—"Let's find the areas that really turn us on." It may be areas we least expect, and it may be components of our love life that we've never explored before. But I think if you measure the success based off of how you performed in bed, or how you related prior to the injury, you're going to set yourself up for some disappointments. So my advice is to look forward, and explore, and be creative, and have fun with it. Don't worry about the past; you have a new opportunity, make it happen.

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