Recently, investigative researchers reviewed 14 different studies in an effort to determine what the effect of a traumatic brain injury might be on a victim’s sexuality. The results of the study were published in a recent issue of NeuroRehabilitation: An International Journal.
According to one of the researchers, “Sexuality in patients with chronic disease or physical handicaps warrants attention and consideration so that effective intervention plans can be formulated. A healthy sex life may decrease muscular and emotional tension, increase pain threshold, reduce physical stress, improve sleep, and diminish emotional stress within relationships,”
Thus, it is important to consider how a healthy sex life could be impacted by a brain injury.
Researchers found that a traumatic brain injury victim’s sex life could be affected by physical conditions, psychological conditions, and relationship factors. Specifically, some of the factors that could negatively impact a victim’s sex life include:
- Cognitive changes.
- Changes in body image.
- Loss of identity after the accident.
- Loss of confidence.
- Physical problems.
- Medication side effects.
- Personality changes.
Researchers believe that more studies should be done from both the victim’s point of view and his or her partner’s point of view. It has been suggested that future studies should also include gay, lesbian, and transgender couples.
Researchers encourage practitioners to include assessment, treatment, and follow-up of sexual problems as part of their routine traumatic brain injury treatment plans. Our Kentucky brain injury lawyers encourage anyone experiencing post-brain-injury sexual problems to discuss their issues with their doctor.