Sexual issues are among the most important in recovery, but they can be the hardest for stroke survivors and their partners to discuss. However sexuality is a topic that can be addressed by one of the client’s health care providers (e.g. Neurologist, Physical therapist, Occupational therapist, Speech pathologist, Physician, Urologist, or Gynecologist). Given that sex is a private matter, the therapist may feel uncomfortable addressing it with a client, or the client may feel uncomfortable or shy to ask questions. It is important to realize that sexuality can be a serious concern for clients after a stroke, and that there are ways of making sex easier for clients, as long as they are willing to share their concerns and ask questions.
This module addresses common fears and concerns regarding sex and intimacy, timing for resuming sexual activity, special physical challenges, sexual positions, among other topics.
Authors*: Andréanne Bégin Morin, BSc OT; Myriam Villeneuve, BSc OT; Audrey Tousignant, BSc OT; Benoit Martin, BSc OT; Louis-Simon Allard, BSc PT; Mylène Larocque, BSc OT; Erica Kader; Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc
Evidence reviewed as of before 16-12-2009