Stroke: Sexuality to help the rehabilitation of patients

Brain activity and sexual activity are linked. In the journal NeuroRehabilitation, experts explain how sexuality can help the rehabilitation of people with neurological diseases or neurological sequelae.

Rehabilitation is a long and complex process for people with neurological diseases. In the journal NeuroRehabilitation, experts in neurosexology, an emerging discipline focused on the relationship between the brain and sexual activity, explain how sexuality affects the rehabilitation of patients with different neurological conditions. Dementia for example, or strokes of stroke.

Sexuality, quality of life challenge

Little by little, the scientific community has become aware of the importance of sexuality in people with brain disorders.
To understand this importance is then to be able to evaluate the negative consequences of certain neurological diseases on sexuality. And so, work on treatments to solve these problems. The goal is ultimately to improve the quality of life of patients.

Take into account the LGBTQA community

Experts recommend adapting the approach of brain disorders according to the sexual sensitivity of patients. In order to create a safe place for people in the LGBTQA community (lesbian, gay, transsexual, queer or asexual).
"The needs of LGBTQA people with neurological disorders are neglected in clinical practice and research. This invisibility reflects the historical exclusion of these people, and this creates inequalities in access to health care, "says Alexander Moreno, doctor at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
The authors of the study published twenty recommendations to guide health professionals towards better management of LGBTQ people with neurological diseases.

Adapt the therapeutic approach according to the disorder

Reviewing nearly 2000 scientific studies, the experts identified diseases for which it was necessary to improve management.
This is the case for example for patients who have suffered an acquired brain injury (ACL) during childhood, or a traumatic brain injury.

Age is an important factor because the relationship to the body and to sexuality changes. In addition, after 40 years, patients no longer complain of sexual dysfunction.

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