Sexual Health

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Following SCI, an individual faces physiological, emotional, and interpersonal changes that impact his or her sexual health. These changes manifest differently for men and women, and if not addressed, can have a profound impact on an individual, beyond their sexual health needs. These unattended concerns cause immense fears of “loss of manhood” or “womanhood” – and the fears often lead to despair, unwillingness to comply with strenuous rehabilitation programs and, most importantly, to impaired interpersonal relationships and family and social dysfunction.

NEW! Sexual health courses for clinicians delivered online by the BC Institute of Technology and supported by RHI

Resources for Patients