The Sexual Health Needs of Women with Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Study

The Sexual Health Needs of Women with Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Study Sexual health as an important aspect of reproductive health, is a foundation for physical and emotional health which also affects couples and families’ wellbeing. Furthermore, disability could impact couple’s sexual relationships. Studies show that people with physical disability receive less sexual education which in turn exposes them to a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections. This qualitative study explored the sexual needs of women with spinal cord injury (SCI) aged 18–55 years old living in Tehran. In depth and individual semi-structured interviews were hold for data collection until data saturation was reached. They were recruited from the Organization of Welfare and Protection Center of Spinal Cord Disables of Iran. In this study 23 individuals were chosen using purposive sampling. The collected data was analyzed using the content analysis approach suggested by Graneheim and Lundman. The sexual health needs of women with SCI was explained in two themes and nine categories. The themes were “physical rehabilitation” and “couples’ sexual consultation”. The categories of the first theme were “resolving physical problems contributing to sexual relationships” and “complementary medicine application”. The categories of the second theme were “the husband’s emotional support”, “concentration”, “protecting sexual health”, “the need for having sexual relationships”, “diminishing factors for unpleasant sexual relationships”, “paying attention to wife’s readiness to start sexual relationships” and “decreasing factors that suppress spouse’s sexual desire”. This study showed that women with spinal cord injury require sexual rehabilitation. They overcome their physical problems with the help of complementary medicine and sexual counselling around the aforementioned categories for promoting the quality of their sexual health. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexuality and Disability Springer Journals

The Sexual Health Needs of Women with Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Study

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Community and Environmental Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Aging; Rehabilitation Medicine; Urology
ISSN
0146-1044
eISSN
1573-6717
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11195-017-9495-7
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Abstract

Sexual health as an important aspect of reproductive health, is a foundation for physical and emotional health which also affects couples and families’ wellbeing. Furthermore, disability could impact couple’s sexual relationships. Studies show that people with physical disability receive less sexual education which in turn exposes them to a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections. This qualitative study explored the sexual needs of women with spinal cord injury (SCI) aged 18–55 years old living in Tehran. In depth and individual semi-structured interviews were hold for data collection until data saturation was reached. They were recruited from the Organization of Welfare and Protection Center of Spinal Cord Disables of Iran. In this study 23 individuals were chosen using purposive sampling. The collected data was analyzed using the content analysis approach suggested by Graneheim and Lundman. The sexual health needs of women with SCI was explained in two themes and nine categories. The themes were “physical rehabilitation” and “couples’ sexual consultation”. The categories of the first theme were “resolving physical problems contributing to sexual relationships” and “complementary medicine application”. The categories of the second theme were “the husband’s emotional support”, “concentration”, “protecting sexual health”, “the need for having sexual relationships”, “diminishing factors for unpleasant sexual relationships”, “paying attention to wife’s readiness to start sexual relationships” and “decreasing factors that suppress spouse’s sexual desire”. This study showed that women with spinal cord injury require sexual rehabilitation. They overcome their physical problems with the help of complementary medicine and sexual counselling around the aforementioned categories for promoting the quality of their sexual health.

Journal

Sexuality and DisabilitySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 21, 2017

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