Sexuality, Fertility, and Intimacy after a Spinal Cord Injury

Description: A very common question people wonder after sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI) is what that will mean for their sex life or their fertility. While sexual dysfunction is a common problem after sustaining an SCI, it is important that the rehabilitation professional is knowledgeable about both physical limitations and what is possible. This webinar will discuss anatomy and physiology of sexual function and the effect of SCI, treatment options available and data from the National Database on marriage. 

Objectives: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify physiological effect of spinal cord injury on sexual functions. 
  • Identify options available to improve and maximize sexual function.
  • Recognize statistics from national database and other studies on outcomes of SCI including those on marriage and relationships around spinal cord injury.

    Instructor: Diane Rowles, MS, ACNP, BC, CRRN, Director, Inpatient Access, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants

    Note: This webinar will expire on 6/30/2023. You will have until this date to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Physical Therapy 

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour. Approval #216-000069

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1 contact hour.

    Occupational Therapy 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: Category 1: Domain of OT


    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.




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