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Sex and Disability

Sexual problems often arise for the physically handicapped but the biggest obstacle is prejudice! Sex in a wheelchair CAN be a reality. Paraplegia, quadriplegia and spina bifida are conditions which all interfere with sexuality by affecting function or sensation, but it is seldom that postural difficulty or deformity TOTALLY prevent sex in one position or another. Multiple sclerosis, or stroke are not insuperable problems.

Cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy may cause muscle spasm, or rigidity of limbs, but working with a partner and a knowledgeable therapist the problems can usually be overcome. Sometimes artificial aids are useful.

Where intercourse IS impossible there are techniques for genital pleasuring using hands, mouth or even hair .... and in those with sensory loss there is often increased sensitivity of other parts of the body.

Amongst the biggest handicap is society’s outlook.

Love, sex relationships, children are all possible for the disabled, but seek help early. It is not necessary to rediscover the wheel - nor to allow self esteem to be eroded.

The disabled are people with normal sexual urges and needs which CAN be met. See your general practitioner, occupational therapist, or rehabilitation counsellor and talk it over.

- Ageing - AIDS
- Anorgasmia - Barrier Methods of Contraception
- Frigidity - Genital Herpes
- Impotence - Loss of Libido
- Masturbation - Miscarriage
- Post Natal Depression - Pregnancy
- Premature Ejaculation - Retarded Ejaculation
- Sex and Disability - Sexual Activity during and after Pregnancy
- Smoking and Pregnancy - Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
- Syphilis and Gonorrhoea - Termination (Abortion)
- The I.U.D. (or Intra Uterine Device) - The Pill (Oral Contraceptive Pill or OCP)
- The Rhythm Method of Birth Control
or Natural Family Planning
- Tubal Ligation
- Vasectomy - What is Normal??

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