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Sensual exercises may help you enjoy sexual intimacy and find
satisfaction after a
spinal cord injury (SCI). You may find that your old
methods of finding satisfaction still work or that they no longer do. Doing
sensual exercises with your partner may help you relax and focus more on the
pleasurable touching of lovemaking than on sexual intercourse or orgasm.
Because of the lack of movement and feeling you may have, finding and
getting into comfortable positions can be difficult. It is important to
experiment with this. Bulletin boards on many SCI Web sites provide a forum
where people with SCIs and their partners post information about their level of
injury and what works for them. See the Other Places to Get Help section of the
topic Living With a Spinal Cord Injury.
Sensual exercises may be most helpful if done in a soothing,
relaxing, and playful atmosphere. First, do your bowel and bladder program to
avoid any accidents, and then put on some pleasant music, turn off the phone,
and concentrate on your partner. The goal is to find sexual activity that is
interesting, enjoyable, and mutually pleasurable. Your level of injury will
probably affect what you can do in the following suggestions.
February 15, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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