Sexuality of Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy: Experienced Limitations and Needs

Diana Wiegerink*, Marij Roebroeck, Jim Bender, Henk Stam, Peggy Cohen-Kettenis

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Abstract

Objective of this study is to describe the problems young adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) experience in the various stages of the sexual response cycle, and the physical and emotional obstacles they experience with sexuality. In this prospective cohort study 74 young adults (46 men; 28 women) with CP and average intelligence participated, aged 20-24 years. Twenty percent of these young adults with CP experienced anorgasmia, 80% reported physical problems with sex related to CP and 45% emotional inhibition to initiate sexual contact. In 90% of the participants, sexuality had not been discussed during the rehabilitation treatment. Many adolescents reported wanting information about the impact of CP on sexuality and reproduction (35%), about interventions (26%), tools and medicines (16%) and about problems with their partner (14%). Young adults with CP can experience various problems or challenges with sexuality. For preventing sexual difficulties and treating sexual problems, health care professionals need to proactively take the initiative to inform young people with CP about sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalSexuality and Disability
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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  • EMC MUSC-01-46-01

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