1: Sexual Function for Men with Spinal Cord Injury (REQUIRED)
Sexuality and fertility are common concerns for men with spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury can affect a man’s sexuality both physically and psychologically. These are important concerns that may warrant attention in the life care plan.
- Read the following article “Sexual Function for Men with Spinal Cord Injury” at: http://images.main.uab.edu/spinalcord/pdffiles/info-3.pdf
Sexual functioning aids may help enhance a sexual functioning for a man with a spinal cord injury. Items such as vacuum tumescence pumps, should be listed in the “Supplies” section of the life care plan.
A fertility program for “males with spinal cord injuries” can be recommended and should be included in the “Future Medical Care Aggressive Treatment” portion of the life care plan. Depending on the circumstances of the case, consider including this as a For Information Only recommendation. The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis is currently conducting a Male Fertility Research Program. Information about this program can be viewed at: http://www.themiamiproject.org/.
2: Sexuality for Women with Spinal Cord Injury (REQUIRED)
As you have learned, sexuality and fertility are also an important concern for women with spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury can affect a woman’s sexual functioning both physically and psychologically. This is an important concern that may need to be addressed in the life care plan.
The following article will provide you with information with adjustment to injury, sexual functioning, fertility, areas of concern, and potential problems.
- Read “Sexuality for Women with Spinal Cord Injury” at website http://www.spinalcord.org/resource-center/askus/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=1579
Sexual functioning aids that may help enhance sexual functioning for a woman with a spinal cord injury should be included in the “Supplies” section of the life care plan.
3: Pregnancy and Women with SCI (REQUIRED)
Many women who are affected by a spinal cord injury may wish to become pregnant at some point in their lifetime. While women with spinal cord injuries are able to conceive and bear children, there are many important concerns to address if the woman wishes to have a child.
- Read “Pregnancy and Women with SCI” at: http://images.main.uab.edu/spinalcord/pdffiles/15pregp.pdf
4: Adjustment to SCI (REQUIRED)
Individuals affected by SCI may have a difficult time adjusting to the disability. If an individual is adjusting poorly to the injury, a life care planner may consider including counseling as a recommendation in the life care plan in the section “Therapeutic Modalities”.
- Visit http://images.main.uab.edu/spinalcord/pdffiles/20Adjust.pdf
- Read “Adjustment to SCI”