Does a person whit a spinal cord injury would be able to have sex again?
It depends on the level and extent (complete or incomplete) of injury.
Generally, the more incomplete the injury, the less change in function. “The brain is the source of psychogenic erections. The process begins with sexual thoughts or seeing or hearing something stimulating or arousing. Signals from the brain are then sent through the nerves of the spinal cord down to the T10-L2 levels. The signals are then relayed to the penis and trigger an erection. A reflex erection occurs with direct physical contact to the penis or other erotic areas such as the ears, nipples or neck. A reflex erection is involuntary and can occur without sexually stimulating thoughts. The nerves that control a man’s ability to have a reflex erection are located in the sacral nerves (S2-S4) of the spinal cord.”
Men with SCI who are experiencing erectile problems should have a physical exam by a doctor familiar with SCI. They can take prescription medication such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.
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on: 23rd December 08