[Daily article] February 3: Sexuality after spinal cord injury

After a spinal cord injury (SCI), sexuality can still be satisfying,
although the injury often causes sexual dysfunction. Physical
limitations from SCI can affect sexual function, sexuality, and quality
of life. Damage to the spinal cord impairs its ability to transmit
messages between the brain and parts of the body below the level of the
lesion, resulting in lost or reduced sensation and muscle motion, and
affecting orgasm, erection, ejaculation, and vaginal lubrication. SCI
can also impact sexuality when it leads to depression and an altered
self-image. Even so, many people with SCI have satisfying sex lives,
often including sexual arousal and orgasm. They can focus on different
areas of the body and types of sexual acts, and often find newly
sensitive erotic areas of the skin in erogenous zones or near borders
between areas of preserved and lost sensation. Drugs, devices, and
surgery can help men achieve erection and ejaculation. Although male
fertility is reduced, many men with SCI can still father children.
Women’s fertility is not usually affected, although precautions must be
taken for safe pregnancy and delivery.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: British forces captured the Dutch
island of Sint Eustatius after a brief skirmish.


Argentine War of Independence: José de San Martín and his
Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers gained a largely symbolic victory against
a royalist army in the Battle of San Lorenzo.


Hundreds of native creoles known as forros were massacred in
São Tomé by the colonial administration and Portuguese landowners.


New York City Police officer Frank Serpico, who had reported
police corruption to the department and the press, was shot and wounded
under questionable circumstances.


A cast of L’Homme qui marche I by Swiss sculptor Alberto
Giacometti sold for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting the record
for most expensive sculpture sold at a public auction.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(military) A trench dug in a moat to allow for drainage, or as an extra
obstacle for attackers.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Anyone whose attention and love are really directed towards the
reality outside the world recognizes at the same time that he is bound,
both in public and private life, by the single and permanent obligation
to remedy, according to his responsibilities and to the extent of his
power, all the privations of soul and body which are liable to destroy
or damage the earthly life of any human being whatsoever.  
–Simone Weil

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