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Women’s Sexuality Post Spinal Cord Injury

Women’s Sexuality Post Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a traumatic event that results in a sudden life change that is difficult to conceptualise. No one can truly be prepared for such a huge shock. It impacts a person not just physically and neurologically, but also socially, emotionally and psychologically. Recovering from SCI has been likened to a “rebirth”. A person needs to reconstruct even the most basic activities of daily living. Sexuality, being an integral part of every person’s life, is also part of this reconstruction process. 

Although women with spinal cord injuries have reported enablers, they have also reported numerous barriers and unique concerns related to their sexuality post injury. Despite these concerns, the literature indicated that women are less likely than men to receive adequate sexual rehabilitation and counselling. Consequently, as part of my master degree at Curtin University, I conducted qualitative exploratory research aimed to capture the experiences of women post-SCI through a postmodern feminist framework. My research explored both the barriers and enablers women encountered in reconstructing a satisfying sexual identity. 

Five women were recruited: four women with quadriplegia and one woman with paraplegia. Semi structured, in-depth interviews were conducted, recorded, transcribed and then analysed using Summary Oral Reflective Analysis (SORA). The findings of this study supported the theory that social and cultural factors were most significant for women in their efforts to reconstruct their sexual identity. Approaching sexuality from solely a pathophysiological or biological perspective overlooked the sexual concerns of women post injury.

Information gained from this study will contribute to a growing awareness and knowledge for the professional development of Health Care Professionals (HCPs) regarding the importance of sexuality and the unique sexuality concerns women have post-SCI.

Areas of Interest / Categories: AOFS 2014, Rehabilitation, Sexuality, SoAS 2016, Women

SoAS 2016

Ejaculation disorders - Diagnosis & Treatment.

The commonest male ejaculation disorder is Premature Ejaculation (PE). Inhibited or Delayed Ejaculation can be a more challenging condition to assess and treat. This discussion will focus on the diagnosis, investigations and management of ejaculation problems including an overview of the first medication specifically approved for the treatment of PE, dapoxetine, released under the trade name of Priligy™. 

Sexual Orientation Identity Development: Implications for the Psychological Adjustment of Gay and Bisexual Young Males in Japan

According to previous studies, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people report lower levels of mental health relative to heterosexuals. Young LGB people especially suffer from poorer psychological adjustment. However, it remains unclear whether different developmental identity patterns have implications for the psychological adjustment of LGB youths. There is a possibility that the development of sexual orientation identity is related to the better mental health among young LGB people. This study examines whether different patterns of LGB identity formation and integration are associated with psychological adjustment. 

Understanding the Whole-Person Centred approach to inspire authentic human connection

Within the scope of defining sexuality, complexities are often overlooked when delivering education to young people. We know that each person experiences and expresses their sexuality differently, and that influences come from a wide range of external interactions. Yet the tendency can sometimes be to focus on the biological and ‘safe’ zones of discussion, rather than engaging young people to think more deeply about the interwoven dimensions and how it applies to them. 

The Disincentives of Pregnancy & Needs toward Health Care Providers of Lesbian Females in Japan

In the Far East, as a social component, sociality put emphasis on getting married and starting a family. However, in most cases, the images of families are heterosexualized. Therefore, reproductive health issues/rights of lesbian females haven’t been noted. In a major survey in 2012, 5.2% of the population in Japan are from sexual minorities. Other says lesbian pregnancies exist but it is impossible to find out the number. In Medical field, knowledge of lesbian pregnancies is insufficient, and the disincentives of pregnancy and needs toward healthcare providers of lesbian females in Japan are not known. 

Ignorance is not Innocence: Why talk about sexuality, sexualisation, sexual behaviours and prevention of sexual abuse in our classrooms?

Two open public discourse on perceived controversial topics is presented as polarised along the “for or against” continuum. This makes for entertaining debate, but doesn’t really help build practice or protect the most vulnerable. This is seen in the arena of children and sexuality. The overwhelming majority of people want children to be safe; however there remain significant myths about what it means to protect children in this area. 

The challenges of providing sexuality education for people with disabilities

There are many barriers –both structural and attitudinal –to the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education, whether in schools or for adult populations. These barriers are compounded when the target audience is people with disabilities. Reluctance to address sexuality issues can stem from the assumption that a person with an intellectual disability is child-like and has no interest in sex or need for education.

Promoting condoms with cat memes: Peer-lead sexual health education strategies using social media.