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Sexual function following spinal cord injury

B. P. Gardner and P. Rainsbury

in Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Volume II: Intervention and Treatment

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780192617873
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192617873.003.0012
Sexual function following spinal cord injury

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Spinal cord dysfunction is not limited to motor sensory and bladder problems, but includes the important aspect of sexuality. The patient with a spinal lesion may suffer a reduction in sexual attractiveness (real or imagined), with a concomitant psychological component of reduction in sexual drive or libido compounded by fear of rejection, pain, depression, and the possible effect of medication. Physical problems include difficulty or impossibility of movement, and the control of bodily functions, including sphincter control and stoma incontinence.

Keywords: spinal cord dysfunction; sexual function; spinal injury; sexual drive; medication; sphincter control

Chapter.  6465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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