FacingDisability.com features women with spinal cord injuries answering questions about sex, dating, pregnancy and more.
Try Googling “spinal cord injury and sex therapy.” The results may surprise you, especially if you’re a woman. Most of the links are to information about men — fertility, ejaculation, penile implants and the whole world of male enhancement drugs.
For women with SCI, finding trustworthy, reliable sex advice and information is a struggle. Mostly, they are on their own. “Most of the sex talk in rehab is more geared toward the men. They have sex dysfunction clinics, fertility support groups, devices to help collect semen and medication … and the women tend to get bypassed,” says Kristine Cichowski, director of the Life Center at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
“It really bothers me that there’s not a lot of information about sex and sexual issues with women at all,” says Michelle, who was paralyzed in 2002 at age 21.
“If someone had just come to me and been like ‘you can still have se