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Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Volume II: Intervention and Treatment$
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L. S. Illis

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780192617873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192617873.001.0001

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Sexual function following spinal cord injury

Sexual function following spinal cord injury

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(p.167) 10 Sexual function following spinal cord injury
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Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Volume II: Intervention and Treatment
Author(s):

B. P. Gardner

P. Rainsbury

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192617873.003.0012

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

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