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. Self-image can be shaken. Women wonder if they can have sex again, whether they can attract a partner, whether the partner will stay, whether having children is possible. Paralysis itself doesn't affect a woman's libido or her need to express herself sexually, nor does it affect her ability to conceive a child. Generally speaking, sexuality in women living with paralysis is less affected than in men. It is physically easier for a woman to adapt her sexual role, even though it may be more passive than that of a non-disabled woman.
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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. Tepper speaks from a place of both clinical and personal experience—he broke his neck over 30 years ago and has since been paralyzed from the neck down though he still has some sensation, and is considered an "incomplete quad". For many people who become paralyzed, the first attempt at sex again is masturbation in the hospital, Tepper says. After trying and realizing you can't experience pleasure or orgasm , it's easy to conclude that sex is pointless.
Almost anyone who has experienced any degree of paralysis can tell you that friends often share questions about your disability once they feel close enough to ask. And when the braver friends have exhausted their polite questions— Do you feel any pain? Do you enjoy it?
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