Sex After Chronic Illness & Disability

Living with a disability or chronic illness need not mean living a life without sexual intimacy, pleasure or sexual desire. People of all ages that live with disabilities and or chronic illnesses remain sexual beings, capable of experiencing wonderful, intimate and satisfying sex lives. Having a successful and fulfilling sex life is every person’s human right, no matter what their physical circumstances.

Sex can be challenging at the best of times, however many additional obstacles are faced by those having to cope with chronic illnesses and/or injury. Spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke… the list of debilitating conditions is endless. Some obstacles are physical, some emotional, and some are based in ignorance and discrimination… And as challenging as such conditions can be, they need not result in a life without sex.


So what can a FemTherapy clinic Sex Therapist do to help?

Here at the FemTherapy clinic, we are dedicated towards helping all men and women overcome such challenges and to create sex lives that are erotic, pleasurable, intimate, fun, mind-blowing or whatever you choose your sex life to be.

We can:

  • Help you to discover new ways of experiencing sexual pleasure, no matter what your condition.
  • Teach you sexual positions that can maximise pleasure and can minimise pain or stress.
  • Show you how to use various sex toys and devices in way that maximises pleasure and sexual response.
  • Assist you in your dealings with other health practitioners.
  • Coach you through different relaxation methods that can help you to deal with pain or spasms during sex.
  • Teach you how to constructively and sympathetically discuss sex and disability issues with your partner.

Treatments for Sexual Recovery

It’s no secret that sexual difficulties tend to increase as women age, however problems can occur for a number of other reasons. Conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, stress, depression, low estrogen, cardiovascular disease can be linked. Add to the mix the negative effects of smoking, alcohol and some medications, plus any sexual problems your partner may be having…

The good news is that there are now several treatments and devices that can significantly help you improve your sexual functioning and your sex life.

There are several products and treatments which may aid in sexual functioning and overall sexual pleasure. For example, for vaginal dryness associated with menopause, low sexual desire, low estrogen levels or dyspareunia FemTherapy clinic can recommend certain lubricants and moisturizers for optimal comfort.

Certain products such as vibrators and vaginal dilators can be used in conjunction with sex therapy treatment plans for issues such as female orgasmic disorder and vaginismus in order to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and relieve discomfort during intercourse.