Sexuality and Stroke

Sex and pregnancy are seldom addressed in the rehabilitation of  stroke and/or aphasia.  In general, individuals who were sexually active before the stroke are likely to remain interested in the relationship after the stroke. However, in the presence of paralysis and loss of sensation, the physical participation may require  adjustments and patience. In the post-stroke period, individuals may temporarily exhibit a lack of interest in physical intimacy because of underlying depression, side effects of medications, anxiety associated with distorted self-image, and physical limitation.

If the affected person is a woman of childbearing age, her reproductive ability is not likely to be affected by the stroke.  However, consideration should be given to the demands of pregnancy and  providing care for the baby before planning. Discuss physical effects of pregnancy and the risks that may be involved with your physician. This  discussion is important since  pregnancy can also be a cause of stroke (mostly hemorrhagic in nature)  in women with certain health conditions.

A stroke during pregnancy has serious implications for the health of the mother and the unborn.  In this case, the family should immediately seek medical attention in a hospital, which has  facilities for neurological treatment and neonatal care. 


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The Family Guide (Facts about Aphasia and Stroke) has been published in Bengali and is available on request from Ratna Sagar Publishers, New Delhi.

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