Sex after Stroke

“Sex is usually good for physical and mental well-being of stroke survivors and their partners. Sex can improve their quality of life and strengthen bonds of closeness.”

Finding ways to discover sexual success and dealing with change is a part of the recovery process after a stroke. A positive approach can enhance recovery and strengthen self-esteem. Many couples are worried that resuming sex after a stroke will increase the risk of another stroke. The reoccurrence of another stroke because of sexual activity is unlikely and in fact, sex is usually good for physical and mental well-being of stroke survivors and their partners. The IntimateRider and RiderMate can improve the quality of your love life and strengthen bonds of closeness for your and your partner.
 
Survivors and their partners begin to have sexual feelings during the recovery process and now they may need to consider sexual re-adjustment. Here are ways the IntimateRider and RiderMate can assist in finding new ways of sex after stroke enjoyment:
  • Experiment new ways of touching to amend for loss of sensation. The support of the IntimateRider frees one’s hands so they can gently caress their partner during sex after stroke.
  • Different degrees of hemiplegia require adjustments in positioning. The IntimateRider and RiderMate add support so that new positions are comfortable and easy to obtain.
  • Find relief from muscle spasms, stiffness, lack of balance and fatigue. The IntimateRider and RiderMate will help alleviate these issues by providing a method of support for your body where balance, strength or coordination may be poor.

A stroke is not the end of a couple’s sex life. It can continue and can be an important source of pleasure, relaxation and intimacy.  Sex after stroke is a wonderful way to express feelings of love and tenderness:

  • Make sexual activity easy and comfortable.
  • Communicate with your partner.  You may need to develop non-verbal signals to overcome language issues.
  • Keep an open mind and rediscover what works best for you and your partner.

It is important to discuss your feelings with your partner and be sure to talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns.

 
*sources – Stroke Foundation (.pdf)
                 National Stroke Association (.pdf)