Fertility / Sexuality

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(*Books marked with an asterisk are reference material only).

Reproductive Issues for Persons with Physical Disabilities

Edited by Florence P. Haseltine, Sandra S. Cole & David B. Gray; Baltimore, USA: Paul H. Brookes Publishing; 1993 ISBN 1-55766-111-1

Even today, myths about disability and reproductive issues continue to thrive, fostered by social stereotypes and a lack of accurate information. Now these myths are dispelled by this book, which is a progressive resource for professionals, caregivers, researchers, and individuals with disabilities. This ground-breaking reference comprehensively examines the complex reproductive issues associated with congenital and acquired physical disabilities.

This important book features an impressive list of contributors from varied backgrounds – including researchers, consumers, medical professionals, and psychologists. Mingling state of the art research findings with compelling personal stories, this unique reference explores these and other issues:

  1. Reproductive physiology
  2. Health care needs
  3. Fertility
  4. Contraception
  5. Adoption
  6. Genetic counselling
  7. Pregnancy, labour and delivery
  8. Parenting
  9. Sexual dysfunction
  10. Sexually transmitted diseases

The scientific facts of reproduction take on human dimensions through riveting accounts of how couples and individuals have met the challenges facing them in their decisions to conceive or adopt children. This book is a perceptive resource that provides a solid factual foundation, while sensitively answering the questions of professionals and individuals with disabilities.

Sexual difficulties after traumatic brain injury and ways to deal with it

Ronit Aloni & Shlomo Katz; Springfield, Illinois, USA: Charles C. Thomas Publisher; 2003 ISBN 0-398-07367-8

This book focuses on improving the social and intimacy skills of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors, so that they may return to society and establish relationships in which they will be able to function sexually.

The information and the suggested methods in the book are the result of the author’s experience gained from working with survivors, their families, and staff in different rehabilitation facilities. The book will provide professionals in the field of rehabilitation with an understanding of the issue of sexuality after TBI, and how to plan an intervention program at various stages of the rehabilitation process.

Divided into two sections, the authors identify and discuss the problems relating to sexuality after TBI and also review the current literature on the subject. Professional and survivor perceptions of TBI and its physical and medical aspects are also discussed. The effect of TBI on human response is also included, along with intervention techniques with partners and family. Also provided is a rationale and framework for sexual intervention, small group therapy, individual and couples counselling, and explores the use of surrogate therapy. Case studies on the use of surrogate therapy are provided, with the authors detailing the process, definition, and training of surrogates for therapy.

Although the book is geared mainly for working with survivors after TBI, there are elements in the program that can also be applied to other disability groups, such as persons with mental retardation and persons with psychiatric disability. It will be of interest to those who work with these groups, such as professionals in the field of medicine and rehabilitation, as well as rehabilitation psychologists and counsellors. By reading this book, professionals will be able to contribute to the quality of life of survivors of TBI and their families.

Sexuality after spinal cord injury: Answers to your questions

Stanley H. Duchame & Kathleen M. Gill; Baltimore, USA: Paul H. Brookes Publishing; 1997 ISBN 1-55766-265-7

Delivering honest answers to urgent questions, this candid and compassionate guide addresses the myriad physical and emotional issues surrounding sexuality after a spinal cord injury (SCI).

Anatomy, fertility, sexually transmitted diseases, self esteem, sexual satisfaction and parenting are just a few of the topics included in its broad scope. Drawing heavily on the experiences of men and women living with SCI, the authors relay practical information in an easy to understand, no nonsense style, acknowledging different lifestyles, tastes, values and orientations.

Written in a convenient question and answer format, this is a much needed manual that allows individuals with SCI to explore their questions in private and at their own pace.