Sexuality in Young People with Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
Families and health professionals have important roles in creating expectations that young people with neurogenic bladder are sexual beings, just like other young people. Most young people with neurogenic bladder dysfunction hope they will have intimate sexual relationships and family life in the future, with many being more sexually experienced in adolescence than their parents realise. While some will have normal sexual function, others will have various difficulties with erection and ejaculation, orgasm, and reproduction. As a group, the evidence suggests that these young people have very poor knowledge of the specific difficulties they may experience in relationship to sexual and reproductive health, and that they and their families want more information. This group of young people have unacceptably high rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexual abuse, and it is unknown what routine sexual health screening they receive. Addressing sexual and reproductive health issues in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner is an important component of health in this group of young people.
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