Sexual function, pregnancy and delivery in spinal cord injured women

Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
A OhryR Rozin

Abstract

Complete spinal cord injury results in abolition of motor, sensory and autonomic functions. Among the autonomic functions, the sexual system is seriously disturbed. The spinal cord injury with its many complications offers a challenge to the rehabilitation team, and the sexual problem is one of its most important aspects. For the female paraplegic, rehabilitation of sexual functions is an essential part in the building of a positive new self-image. In this review, we try to summarize the gynecological and obstetrical aspects of spinal cord injured women. Although the innervation of the reproductive system is damaged, this system continues to function and the menstrual cycle resumes its normal course after a while. Ovulation takes place regularly and pregnancy is possible. Today the general opinion is that the pregnant paralyzed woman can deliver vaginally and not by cesarean section as was believed before. We emphasize the importance of special medical care before, during and after delivery. The cooperation between physiatrist and gynecologist is mandatory.

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