Intimacy Clinic

Intimacy following Spinal Cord Impairment (SCI)

Sexuality is complex; it includes physical, psychological, and social issues. Sexuality is unique to each individual and continues to evolve through your life. The goal for anyone with a SCI, as for all people, is to have a fulfilling and productive life.

This clinic is specifically for the support of patients with changes in sexual function following SCI. This is not a clinic for sexual health issues such as sexually transmitted infections.

Intimacy needs can be tailored to each individual's specific needs and comfort level.  Discussion, education and possible interventions are provided by Spinal Consultants and a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

This clinic addresses issues such as:

  • Sexual identity as a woman or man with SCI

  • Dispelling myths

  • Sexual assistive devices and positions used to enhance sexual experiences

Erectile function and education about medication, vacuum pumps,  intra-caversonal injection technique and priapism first aid.

  • Male infertility related to SCI

  • Secondary medical complications e.g.  skin care, spasticity, bowel, bladder and the possible onset of autonomic dysreflexia, especially in people with injuries at or above T6

Intimacy following SCI
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Page last reviewed: 05 June 2015
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