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Sex and sexuality 

Sex and sexuality
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Sex and sexuality
Author(s):

Anthony B. Ward

, Michael P. Barnes

, Sandra C. Stark

, and Sarah Ryan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550524.003.0008
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date: 21 September 2019

General issues 120

Sexuality 122

Male sexual function 124

Female fertility 126

Sex and sexuality are still among the most ignored and least discussed issues with people with disabilities. It is not actually known how many people report sexual dysfunction among the disabled population, but figures as high as 72% have been suggested. Professionals (even in rehabilitation settings) are often very embarrassed to talk about the subject and many still have an attitude that it is not a feature that is either worth mentioning or relevant to the lives of people with disabilities. There still persists today a feeling that disabled people should not have sexual feelings. The importance of sex and sexuality and discussing the emotional needs of disabled individuals and their families and carers are an essential part of discovering the whole person, whom one is trying to help....

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