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Improving Sexual Satisfaction in Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries: Collective Wisdom

Résumé Sexuality is an important part of life, and it is necessary for clinicians to have a specific format in which to address sexual issues with their patients. A systematic approach to working with patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) to improve their sexual functioning and response is presented. Nonjudgmental communication about sexual concerns is followed by a detailed pre- and postinjury medical, psychosocial, and sexual history. If preexisting sexual issues are present, it is recommended that the patient be referred for assessment and treatment of these separate from the patient’s SCI-related concerns. Physical examination, with special attention to issues that could impact the patient’s sexuality, is followed by a detailed neurologic assessment with specific attention to the T11-L2 and S3-5 spinal segments. Education of the patient with regard to his or her sexual potential and the need to be flexible in his or her sexual repertoire is followed by self-exploration and practice. Routine follow-up is suggested after patient’s initial sexual exploration. Treatment of confounding and iatrogenic factors related to SCI is followed by more sexual experience. Afterwards the clinician is encouraged to use simple techniques to treat sexual issues and follow-up with the patient to assess the outcome. A structured program utilizing vibratory stimulation with or without midodrine is described as a way to achieve ejaculation and potentially orgasm, and techniques for treating severe autonomic dysreflexia are discussed. If these interventions do not alleviate the patient’s sexual concerns, the clinician should refer the patient for more specialized consultation.
AuteursMarcalee Alexander, Frédérique Courtois, Stacy Elliott, Mitchell Tepper
Titre de revue/journal, volume et numéroSpinal cord injury rehabilitation, volume 23, numéro 1.
Langue de la publication et/ou de traductionAnglais (langue d’origine)
Année de parution2017
Institutions affiliéesUniversité d’Alabama,Université Harvard, Université de Montréal, Université de la Colombie-Britannique
Lien vers la publicationhttps://doi.org/10.1310/sci2301-57
Type d’accès à la publicationGratuit
Mots clésorgasm; satisfaction; sexual arousal; sexuality; spinal cord injury; women.
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