Ok- I am going to talk about a subject that a lot of people don't like to talk about; or they do not know where to start. Sex. That's right, sex. Ok. I'm not going to be writing any "50 Shades of Grey" type of blog, but I want to address it, as it is an issue that affects people with TBI. Yes, including myself. Sex changes after TBI.
TBI affects sexual functioning in different ways. It can affect arousal, desire, ability to climax, and even reproduction- in males and females. This is not something we usually discuss. Definitely not something I usually write about. I know that I have not really talked about the impact my TBI has had on this part of my life until recently, when I talked about it with my counselor. I want to reiterate that I am not a medical professional, but I do like research, and I want to share some of it here. Recently, I started as a consultant with a company that specializes in sexual health. The training I have received, compounded with previous training I have had, has been enlightening. Additionally, it has encouraged me to research further. Due to this further research, I would like to share the information with you. Not from the perspective of a doctor or other medical professional, but from the perspective of someone who is surviving a TBI.
This week, I will address different sub-topics regarding the impact TBI has on sex and sexuality, including the functions mentioned above, and maybe some ways to overcome them, should you suffer from them. There are great resources out there, but some of them are hard to sift through in order to find what you are looking for. Logic says that when the largest sexual organ a person has, the brain, is injured, there are bound to be side effects. The key is being able to recognize them so that you can work through them, or learn how to accept them.
Topic number one is Desire. Starts tomorrow, so please follow! Also, please let me know if there are any issues you would like to see addressed or incorporated. I will research to see what I can find out, or I can give you my perspective.
Be the reason someone chose not to give-up.
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