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.

Not a China Glass

Barry was a tetra [quadriplegic]. He had married the nurse who had taken care of him… He told us that there is more to a sexual relationship than just an orgasm. A loving relationship between partners, even if one of them is paralysed, also naturally consists of foreplay, touching, stroking, kissing and hugging. He told us that when you are paralysed, at first it seems unlikely that you will be able to have any sexual relationship with anyone. This thought is a distressing and worrying one. However, you may have to modify or change some of the sexual activities, and you can still have a meaningful sex life and continue to be sexually acti...

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 I don't like going out. What do I do?
To begin with, ask yourself this question, 'Why do you not like going out?' Try to pinpoint the issues that you face. Read more on I don't like going out. What do I do?

Question3 Will my disability make me an easy victim of sexual assault?
Many women experience sexual assault and rape. They face these at the hands of partners, families, people they interact with, Read more on Will my disability make me an easy victim of sexual assault?