Spinal Cord Injuries take a significant toll on a person’s wellbeing by taking away a lot of what makes life wonderful. SCI patients lose the capacity to independently move and enjoy various physical activities, and one question people often ask is, “Can people with spinal cord injury still have sex?”
Sexual function isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when discussing the aftermath of a life-changing injury, which is probably why the sexual function of spinal-cord injury (SCI) patients isn’t as prominent in the literature as the loss of motor skills and muscle strength.
Nonetheless, it is worth discussing, and it’s a topic with which Unique Access Medical (UAM) is very familiar.
The ways in which SCI causes problems related to erections, orgasm, vaginal lubrication, and ejaculation are well known and they are numerous.
First, SCI can lead to reduced sensation in the genitals. This can significantly reduce the desire for patients to engage in intimate relations, due to the simple fact that the most pleasurable aspects of intercourse are diminished.
Secondly, SCI patients often report physical limitations as a hindrance to sexual activity. Muscle weakness, poor balance, and coordination problems create significant challenges, as do muscle spasms and spasticity.
Third, the significant lifestyle changes brought about by either complete or incomplete spine injuries also play a role in sexual dysfunction. Most patients find it difficult to pursue partners in the traditional ways that most of us take for granted. And when SCI patients do have partners, reduced testosterone levels in males and hormonal changes in females wreak havoc on sex drive, as can many of the commonly prescribed medications for treating SCI symptoms.
Lastly, people with SCI sometimes suffer from insecurities related to body image. Their dependency on caregivers to help them manage day-to-day tasks can hamper not only their confidence, but their psychological health as well.
Can SCI Treatments help Sexual Function?
Whether it’s reduced sensation, motor-physical inability, lifestyle impediments, or diminished self esteem, the effects of SCI on sexual function is apparent in SCI patients. But when these symptoms are treated, sexual function has been observed to improve. Epidural Stimulation is one way of helping to restore some sexual function in patients who have suffered SCI.
Epidural Stimulation has been a breakthrough in the treatment of many SCI symptoms, helping patients regain voluntary movements, gain muscle mass and strength, improve balance and coordination, and regulate blood pressure.
From a scientific perspective, Epidural Stimulation increases the frequency and duration of erections in male SCI patients by improving their blood pressure. And, by combining Epidural Stimulation with cellular therapy, patients’ parasympathetic nervous systems improve and allow patients to pre-ejaculate and ejaculate.
In just the last several months, UAM’s medical partners in Thailand have treated four patients that have reported back with some sexual functions regained, including ejaculation and premature ejaculation. These were things they could not do before their Epidural Stimulation and supportive therapies.
At Unique Access Medical, we provide cutting-edge treatments to help SCI patients live their best lives. In addition to various physical therapy and occupational therapy regimens, patients receive top-of-the-line epidural stimulation and Stem Cell treatments.
Selected patients receiving treatment at Unique Access’ partner hospital in Bangkok have reported improvements not only in terms of their muscle strength and motor control but their sexual function as well.
If you are curious about our treatments or want to get in touch with our physicians for a consultation, feel free to send us an email. One of our customer representatives will reach out to you at the soonest to answer your queries or book a consultation with our doctors.