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In this section, you will learn how spinal cord impairments can affect the way that you feel about yourself as a man or woman as well as how spinal cord impairments can affect the way that you function sexually. Information on sexuality, sexual functioning, birth control, erectile dysfunction and having a baby may be important to you today, or these issues may be something that you choose to put away and think about at another time. In either case, this information is just a starting point. Feel free to ask questions and share your concerns and thoughts with the staff. If the staff doesn’t know the answers to your questions, they will find someone who does.


When you hear the word sexuality what do you think of? For some people, it means “having sex.” For others, it includes thoughts and feelings about body image, self-esteem, appearance, communication skills, beliefs and values, relationships, and sexual function. The definitions of sexuality are different from person to person, and there is no right or wrong one. Webster’s dictionary defines sexuality as “the quality of being sexual.” But what does that mean? Whatever makes you feel like a sexual person is a part of that word’s definition.

Let’s take a look at what some of these other concepts mean.

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