Sexual activity is unlikely to result in spinal injuries. We present the first case of a cervical fracture-subluxation and spinal cord injury following sexual activity. This year-old female presented to the emergency room with neck pain and quadriparesis, following sexual activity in an extreme position. Imaging revealed a hyperflexion cervical fracture-subluxation injury, requiring reduction by traction, followed by circumferential surgical fixation. At 6 months postoperatively, she reported baseline return of function. This case demonstrates that sex-induced spinal injuries are possible and may require urgent surgical treatment.
The definition above is not usually what most people think of when they think of sex. And especially when people have experienced a spinal cord injury SCI , there are usually many other questions that come up like:. These are just some of the things that may be on your mind. Throughout this brief introduction to sexual changes after SCI, maybe we can answer some of those questions. The physical act of intercourse isn't all that defines your sexuality. When we talk about sexuality, we mean more than what goes on behind your bedroom doors. Sexuality is the total YOU!
Sexual Function for Women after Spinal Cord Injury
Sexual identity is a significant and encompassing aspect of one's personality — sexuality plays an essential role in how we feel about ourselves, how we relate to others, how others relate to us. To be sure, paralysis often impacts people's sexuality, including changes in physical functioning, sensation and response. Self-image can be shaken.
English PDF. Your sexuality is what guides your natural desire to bond with others through love, affection, and intimacy. Here are a few ways you might express your sexuality. Loss of muscle movement, sense of touch, and sexual reflexes often occurs after spinal cord injury SCI.