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Sexual aspects of the physical impaired female body

Sexual aspects of the physical impaired female body

The disturbances in female sexuality and intimacy cover a wide range, with some groups receiving much professional attention, whereas other groups seem nearly forgotten. Frequently overlooked are the women with a physical impaired body due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord lesion, multiple sclerosis or a neuromuscular disease. That group, apparently less sexy, attracts far less attention from the sexual health professionals, in spite of extensive impact on their sexual function, sexual identity and sexual relationship. This presentation aims to diminish the fear to deal with this group.

Review of the scarce literature and additions from clinical practice in the physical rehabilitation setting.  Next to the direct damage to sexual function, physical impaired women have to deal with various other determinants influencing sexual health. Examples are the visibility of the impairment (less visible ailments being more disturbing), reaction of the partner, sexual abuse (found more in physically impaired women), the sexual education received (usually insufficient) and the attention for sexuality and intimacy paid by the medical and educational professionals (usually absent or insufficient). Nevertheless the majority of these women have normal sexual desire and they want a normal sexual life. Listening to this group, it is clear that sexuality is not only for the healthy. Sexual health professionals should be aware of the needs of this group of women, and develop strategies to include them in their care.

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2011

WAS 2011

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