Complete and Incomplete Spinal Injuries

Thursday, 28 April 2005 18:29

It follows that in conditions such as arachnoiditis, when there is in effect a partial nerve injury and (perhaps patchy) loss of sensation, that there may well be some retained potential for sexual activity and enjoyment.

A study in 1996 ([4]) found that "Psychosocial rather than physical factors were important for a satisfying sex life and relationship" in paraplegics and the same can well be said of people with conditions such as arachnoiditis and MS.


[1] Komisaruk BR, Gerdes CA, Whipple B Arch Neurol 1997;54:1513-1520 ?Complete' Spinal Cord Injury Does not Block Perceptual Responses to Genital Self-stimulation in Women.


[2] Westgren N, Hutling C, Levi R, Seiger A, Westgren M, Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 1997 Nov; 76 (10): 977-83 Sexuality in women with traumatic spinal injury.

[3] Money J Arch Gen Psychiatry 1960;3:373-382 Phantom orgasm in the dreams of paraplegic men and women.

[4] Kreuter M, Sullivan M, Siosteen A, Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1996 Jun; 77(6) :541-8 Sexual adjustment and quality of relationship in spinal paraplegia: a controlled study.