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Sexual enjoyment is possible after a spinal cord injury (SCI). All it takes is preparation and a little exploration.
Having a spinal cord injury doesn’t mean the end of your sex life. Far from it. You can have a healthy and fulfilling sex life. All it takes is attention to a few practical matters. Then you can begin to explore new sensations and greater opportunities for sexual enjoyment.
A few simple details to prepare for sex with a spinal cord injury:
Sensations exercise: 4 steps for enjoying sex with a spinal cord injury
You may have lost some sexual sensation, but there is still a lot to explore. If you’re a man and getting an erection is a challenge, there are medications and mechanical aids that can help. If you’re a women with a spinal cord injury, you may experience some issues with sex, such as less vaginal lubrication. Using an over-the-counter lubricant before sex can help.
Whether you’re a man or woman, here are four steps you can take to make sex more enjoyable.
We are all sexual beings, and your injury doesn’t change that. Sex is much more than an orgasm. It’s a bonding between you and your partner in ways that transcend intercourse. Exploring sensations is one way to make that bond even stronger, and sex more enjoyable.
Hollister would like to thank the United Spinal Association and Mitchell S. Tepper, PHD, MPH, for their assistance in providing information for this article. Download their free booklet, Living Your Life: Sexuality Following Spinal Cord Injury.
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