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Sexual Function for Women After Spinal Cord Injury

This section provides resources on sexual anatomy and fertility after spinal cord injury to help you understand what’s changed and what hasn’t. Learning about your anatomy as it relates the mechanics of sex and fertility is only one part of the subject.

Perhaps you wonder if you can get pregnant or can father a child. Or are interested in knowing what options exist to help with the ‘physical’ response of arousal. Women’s topics include understanding the anatomical impact of spinal cord injury on a woman’s menstrual cycle, one’s ability to get pregnant, and resources to help you manage your health during pregnancy. Tips to support healthy childbirth and parenting with a spinal cord injury are also included.  For men, topics include resources to assist with erectile dysfunction, medications, and other resources to enhance fertility and sexual vitality.

For many, sex after paralysis is more than creating or having a baby. Added resources on the topic of intimacy after spinal cord injury include information on body image, ways to feel sexy and attractive, tips for dating and building relationships.

The way you approach sex, dating, relationships, and intimacy with a spinal cord injury may be different from before your injury. Explore this resource section to heighten your sexual creativity, knowledge, and enjoyment.

Sexual Function for Women After Spinal Cord Injury

This consumer education sheet by Craig Hospital provides information on many common questions of women with a spinal cord injury regarding sexual functioning. Topics include how sexual function may be affected, menstrual periods, tampons, menstrual pads, birth control, having children, fertility, organism, preventing complications, such as autonomic dysreflexia, care of bladder and bowel issues, skin care, and annual visits with a gynecologist.

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