Our expert says:
There can be sex after a spinal cord injury but it may well need to be aided by various means. I see other replies have assumed that you are female, I'm not certain so I will try to address both. Paralysis from the waist down may impact on the nerves required to relay sexual messages and so if you struggle with arousal you may need to look for ways to work around this. For a man you may need to consider a vacuum device or intercavernosal injection that can produce an erection if you wish to participate in penetrative intercourse. Your partner in future will of course need to straddle you. For a woman, you may need to add lubricant to prevent pain/vaginal damage. You will have to explore what is stimulating for yourself and what you can do to stimulate your partner. So often people assume that sex = penetration; so much else is missed out in this circumstance. There are resources available the internet - just google it and you will find loads.
Before then of course you will have to face the many challenges of overcoming other people's preconceptions and anxiety in order to establish such a relationship. Do remember though that you still may be able to contract sexually transmitted infections and fall pregnant/empregnate a parnter - so don't forget to practice safe sex (might be obvious, but I didn't want to make assumptions).
If you wanted to discuss this further, I would recommend that firstly you explore what is and isn't possible for you sexually (can you still become aroused/experience orgasm?) and then perhaps have a session or two with a sexologist if you are still unsure.
Claire - SASHA
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