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Tertiary Dysfunction

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The mainstay of tackling this type of problem is communication.

Gray (1992[1]) noted a paradox in intimate relationships: the safer one feels, the more one's deepest fears and insecurities emerge.

The essence of success is to devote time and effort to nurture the relationship as a whole and acknowledgement on both sides of sexual activity as a continuing and important aspect of that relationship.

It is useful to obtain information about chronic illness and sexuality, develop a comfortable sexual vocabulary and obtain if necessary, professional counselling in order to further the attainment of an active and enjoyable sex life.

SPOD: Association to Aid the Sexual & Personal Relationships of People with a Disability)
286, Camden Road, London N7 0BJ
Tel: 0207 607 8851
Information, advice and support.


[1] Gray J Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Harper Collins New York 1992.