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Sex after stroke

May 10th, 2005

Dr Petra

Conference delegates at the International Rehabilitation Medicine Association’s meeting in Manila have this week heard about the importance of sex for stroke patients.

Sex is often a neglected topic for stroke survivors and their partners, leading to worries about communication, performance, and when to have sex. Some feel guilty for wanting sex, uncertain how to incorporate new sex moves alongside physical disabilities, or worry that adjusting to physical or verbal changes results in a loss of spontaneity.

Luckily sexual relationships are now being given more attention for stroke survivors, as this latest conference attests. If you or a loved one has been affected by stroke, you may find the following resources useful:

Connect is a UK communication and disability charity offering advice, support and training. Many people have found their Stroke and Aphasia Handbook invaluable (it includes information around communication and sexual relationships, as well as other stroke-related topics).

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability
contains all you need to know about enjoying sex (including using sex toys and other aids to pleasure), whilst the charity Outsiders offers invaluable tips around sex and disability – including running a social club for singles.

If you’ve had a stroke, or your partner has been affected, don’t feel guilty about discussing the issue with your GP or community support team. Either should be able to offer you advice, or refer you to someone who’s happy to help.

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