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United Spinal Association-Family and Personal Relationships

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.

United Spinal Association-Family and Personal Relationships
The United Spinal Association provides active-lifestyle, peer support, and advocacy information to encourage individuals to achieve their highest potential in all facets of life. The Association’s Spinal Cord Resource Center has a dedicated section on Family and Personal Relationships with consumer information articles on Dating after SCI, Parenting after SCI, Love and Marriage after SCI, and other relevant articles.
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