Sexuality and Disability

My Story

Healing With Physio

'Living day in and day out with tetras and paras [tetraplegics and paraplegics] all in the same Rehab Nursing Home together gave great emotional support to me and my family who were with me all the time. All the patients and their few family members who lived here ate together, exercised together, shared each others' experiences together, moaned and wept together, and laughed together. The emotional acceptance of my ghastly condition became a little easier, since I started feeling, "I am not alone in this." We would chat and tell our stories to each other.

Orgasms, An Added Bonus!

'My arms and legs don't always do as they're told, so I need help with all sorts of things and I use crutches or my electric wheelchair to get around. I also can't wear shoes very often or do anything strenuous; every sensation hurts. Unfortunately, our sex life isn't as spontaneous as it used to be and some sexual positions are totally impossible, but the good thing is that sex helps the pain! Luckily, we're both good at communicating with each other - we've learnt that over time. There are only a few positions we can do (and they've been adapted) that don't hurt.However, we've found ways to improve our sex life and cope with my pain by using cushions and foam wedges.

Questions

Question1 I'm 13 years old, and I'm not sure what's happening to my body.
As you enter your teenage years your body will go through many changes. Read more on I'm 13 years old, and I'm not sure what's happening to my body.

Question2 What do people mean by safer sex?
Safer sex is often defined as protecting yourself from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. Read more on What do people mean by safer sex?

Question3 How will I go through labour with my disability?
It is natural to feel anxious about giving birth - irrespective of whether or not you are disabled. Read more on How will I go through labour with my disability?