Sex is a common concern people have if they have a disability or if they’re dating someone who does. And with Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought now would be the perfect time go there. We’re going to pull the sheets back and put it all on the table.
We’ve pulled together five videos from diverse sources that tell you everything (well, mostly) you need to know about having a healthy sex life after being disabled.
Warning: These videos contain content that is graphic in nature. Viewer discretion is advised.
Sexual Positions for Men with Spinal Cord Injury: Creativity, Adaptability and Sense of Humor
Dr. Mitchell Tepper is a sexual educator who was 20 years old when he acquired a spinal cord injury. In this short video, he demonstrates a couple positions that he uses to have healthy, enjoyable sexual experiences and how he handles urological and bowel care to prevent and prepare for accidents. Watch the video here.
Sexual Health after Spinal Cord Injury Part 1
We’ve shown a video from the folks at Spinal Cord Injury Alberta on this blog before, and it’s because they’ve got high-quality content. In this video, Terry and Brad talk about their experiences with sex after being injured. They’re both candid about pregnancy, erectile health and the importance of including sexual health in your physiotherapy program after injury. Watch the video here.
Sexual Health after Spinal Cord Injury Part 2
Speaking of physiotherapy and rehab, this video shows the clinical side of preparing patients with spinal cord injuries for sex after injury. Three sexual health professionals talk about their approach to helping patients adjust to the changes that their spinal cord injuries have on their sex lives. They cover adaptive aids, medicines and overcoming mental barriers that prevent the recently injured from asking questions about their sexual health. Watch the video here
Conversations from the Bedroom: Sex after Spinal Cord Injury
This panel discussion features two men and one woman with spinal cord injuries. Clocking in at nearly an hour and fifteen minutes, they talk in depth about sex and intimacy in a way the other videos don’t. Watch the video here.
(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored
This 15-minute documentary celebrates people with disabilities as sexual beings. It centers on a community created by University of California Berkeley’s Disabled Students Union, which holds a yearly panel on sex, intimacy and romance. They talk about dating, dealing with society’s perceptions and their thoughts on sexuality and disability. Watch the video here.
Do you know of any resources on sex for people with disabilities? Share them below! We may publish them in a future post.