Sexuality and fertility

Sexual function is impaired by injury to the spinal cord. Depending on the level of injury and the degree of nerve damage, sexual sensation is changed after SCI. Some people retain sensations in their genitals, others notice they are reduced or absent. Some have heightened sensations in other parts of the body. In many cases people are encouraged to concentrate on “holistic” sexual experiences rather than genital-specific experiences. Many people report that they can still achieve orgasm. It is recommended to take time to explore your own likes, dislikes and needs – don’t put pressure on yourself and over time you will learn what works and what doesn’t.

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