after stroke and someone may
their inhibitions about inappropriatesexual behaviour. This can be
for people aroundthem. This problem needs
and partners should not try todeal with it alone. Remember that theperson is
that there is
with their behaviour and it is thestroke that is causing them to act in this way.
The effect of a stroke on you and your partnercan be life-changing, and this may put a
. Not only do youboth have to
your lives to deal with anydisabilities, but if your partner is
, it may be more difficult foreither, or both of you to feel sexual. If youneed your partners help with
, you may see each otherdifferently, which can put you off physicalintimacy.
can affect the way you
and it may take time before you canview yourself as
again.Also, sexual problems can be a self-fulfillingprophecy if you expect them, they canbecome more likely to happen.Many people have difficulty
after stroke. Youmay feel
andthis can be a
on your relationship withyour partner which can affect your sex life.
with your partner canbecome difficult, leading to feelings of
, which can affect yourrelationship and make you less interested inmaking love.
canbuild up between you, and
for each other.It may be that
one of you would like tohave sex
but the other wouldnt. This couldbecome a source of
if not resolved.If you are
not in a relationship
, you mayfind it
to deal with the issueof sexual problems after stroke. Starting newrelationships is hard enough for anyone, butespecially so if a stroke has left you with
, such as
problems. Because a strokecan affect your
image of yourself
, you may feelunable to approach anyone. You may alsofeel
about raising the issuewhen you are first getting to know someone.
difficulties caused by stroke suchas
(musclestiffness), may restrict how you move andhow you can position yourself during sex.You may be
if the stroke hasaffected your sensation. You might alsoexperience
after stroke and this canmake sex uncomfortable.Feeling
FACTSHEET 31 Sex after stroke2 The Stroke Association (June 2010)