Whether it is lifelong or acquired, if you have a physical
disability or illness this can sometimes affect sexuality. It is
important for people who might support you with aspects of your
sexuality that you are an individual and they should provide you
with any information or support with a high degree of personal
If you have a physical disability you might have questions about
relationships, being able to enjoy sex or having children. Some
disabilities may cause a loss of fertility, but this does not mean
there will be sexual problems. If there are sexual
problems it may be possible to treat these.
Managing sexual relationships and ensuring sexual
pleasure may involve experimentation with a
variety of sexual activities, or a variety of positions to achieve
pleasure and comfort. Some people use sex-toys such as vibrators,
additional lubricants or concentrate more on non penetrative
activities. There are many erogenous and sensitive areas of the
body and an enjoyable sexual relationship will discover these as
An important part of a happy and healthy sexuality is
communication. Openness between partners can create the right
environment to develop particular ways of giving and receiving
sexual pleasure. Telling each other what you like and don't like,
and not criticising, builds understanding of needs and desires.
Safer sex is also important.
Everyone is welcome at the Sandyford Clinics. If you
have a physical disability and would like to talk about your sexual
health make an appointment to see someone at a clinic near you. You
can bring another person with you for support. If you or another
person makes your appointment you may want to tell us about your
disability so that we can consider your needs.