After the trailers for Me Before You started airing on TV, some disability rights activists began to speak out in protest. One of the many problems people have pointed out about the film is that the main character Will, who became a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident, assumes that having a fulfilling sex life is not possible for someone with his type of physical disability. It's a very common misconception, Mitchell Tepper, Ph. But while feeling sexual pleasure again after a spinal cord injury isn't easy, and for some takes years or decades , it is indeed possible for many quadriplegics.
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To be realistic, spinal cord injuries do damage to sensation and motor function in the pelvic area. A patient may not have any feeling in their genital region and men can have difficulties getting and maintaining an erection. Women can have a lack of vaginal lubrication because of their spinal cord injuries, and ejaculation is impaired in men. The sexual feelings and libido, however, do not go away when the patient becomes paralyzed. Sex is more than just orgasm.
Sexuality after spinal cord injury
Sexual identity is a significant and encompassing aspect of one's personality — sexuality plays an essential role in how we feel about ourselves, how we relate to others, how others relate to us. To be sure, paralysis often impacts people's sexuality, including changes in physical functioning, sensation and response. Self-image can be shaken. Paralysis affects a man's sexuality both physically and psychologically. They question, "can I still do it?
Although spinal cord injury SCI often causes sexual dysfunction , many people with SCI are able to have satisfying sex lives. Physical limitations acquired from SCI affect sexual function and sexuality in broader areas, which in turn has important effects on quality of life. Damage to the spinal cord impairs its ability to transmit messages between the brain and parts of the body below the level of the lesion. This results in lost or reduced sensation and muscle motion , and affects orgasm , erection , ejaculation , and vaginal lubrication.