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.
A study from NSpine has shown that a majority of women experience problems in sexual function following anterior spinal surgery. The research team, recognising a lack of focus in the literature on female sexual and reproductive health following spinal surgery, designed a questionnaire covering topics from continence and pregnancy, to sexual function. Taking into account that most of spinal surgeons are male doctors, we suspected that probably did not specifically query female patients about sexual problems in follow up consultations. Both the topic being a bit delicate and intrusive, and potential cultural barriers could play a role in making the consultation difficult in this scenario.
A woman's sexuality is a complex interplay of physical and emotional responses that affects the way she thinks and feels about herself. A sexual problem can hurt her personal relationships and her self-esteem. Yet, many women hesitate to talk about their sexuality with their health care professionals, and many health professionals are reluctant to begin a discussion about sexuality with their patients. Women can experience a variety of sexual problems, such as lack of desire, difficulty becoming aroused or having an orgasm or having pain during sex. When a physical or emotional problem persists, it's time to contact a health care professional.
PRAGUE — Although sexual function improves for both men and women after lumbar spine surgery due to decreased back pain, specific genital function may be adversely affected in men after anterior surgery, according to a report from the Swedish Lumbar Spine Study Group. Less is known about female sexual disturbance and sexual enjoyment. The aim of the study was to assess the sexual function and enjoyment in men and women after both posterior and anterior fusion for chronic low back pain. There were patients in the retrospective trial. One group had no surgical treatment; another had noninstrumented posterolateral fusion PLF ; the third group, instrumented PLF with or without posterior lumbar interbody fusion; and the fourth, instrumented PLF and anterolateral lumbar interbody fusion.