Cerebral Palsy

IntimateRider™ may be able to help you if you are concerned with mobility and positioning. When using IntimateRider™ with the RiderMate™ you are not positioned on top of each other.  The ability to have these different positions allows your legs and arms the freedom of movement without being restricted. 

How does the IntimateRider work? 
The magic is the combination of seat height, seat depth and the geometry of the gliding action. It was designed by a C6-C7 quadriplegic with limited arm movement and no trunk or leg muscle control. If you can brace your arm against your leg, your partner’s body or something next to you, the IntimateRider will move with very little pushing effort causing your pelvis to move for easy thrusting. It’s important to position your legs so they bend at the knees and your partner’s body helps keep them stable.  

Is it stable? 
It is very stable once you are in the unit it was designed to be very difficult to tip over. You must be careful during the transfer because it is a short seat.

Is it easy to transfer onto the IntimateRider? 
If you can transfer in and out of a car or on and off a standard height toilet seat you should be able to transfer on and off to the IntimateRider. It helps to position the unit close to the bed or something you can use for support if you need to. The seat is short so you will want to take it slow. We have many quadriplegics who can transfer by themselves who use it with ease   
I am concerned about pressure sores.  What would you suggest? Everything in moderation. We would not advise spending hours on the IntimateRider.  You should not use the IntimateRider if you have a pressure sore as this may irritate it more. If your bottom is healthy and you are using a Rider Cushion you should have no problem. We advise using it for only a few minutes the first few times and then inspect to see if you are experiencing any redness or discomfort and discontinue use is there is a problem.   

Generally speaking cerebral palsy itself does not affect a person’s sexual desire or functioning level. It can however limit a person’s ability to use particular sexual positions, depending on the severity. This means you need to be more creative in how you satisfy you and your partner. What works for one person with CP may not work for another with CP.    

Communication about your limitations and openness by your and your partner to creatively experiment are invaluable to a healthy sexual relationship.