By Mayo Clinic Staff
If you've experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI), you may benefit from sexuality and fertility management, education and counseling. Your physical condition after your spinal cord injury may change aspects of your sexual function and affect your physical, mental and social well-being related to your sexuality or sexual health.
Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors and staff have helped thousands of people recover from traumatic spinal cord injuries and nontraumatic spinal disorders using many therapies.
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Integrated team. Mayo Clinic's spinal cord injury rehabilitation team is led by doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation, bone and muscle surgery (orthopedic surgeons), and brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons).
Your treatment team also includes nurses, mental health specialists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational and recreational therapists, and other specialists.
Individualized care. Your doctors will create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs. Your treatment team will work with you to determine if sexuality and fertility management and counseling may help meet your needs.
The team considers you and your family to be an integral part of the treatment team, and you'll be informed and involved in making decisions and setting goals.
- Lifelong care. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other staff personnel offer a full range of spinal cord injury rehabilitation services for you. Your spinal cord injury rehabilitation team provides inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and lifelong care.
- Research. Mayo Clinic researchers study outcomes, rehabilitation options and potential treatments for people with spinal cord injuries and conduct clinical trials.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.
The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic has training and experience in sexuality and fertility management, education and counseling. Your treatment team, which includes your doctor, social worker, rehabilitation psychologist, nurses and others, offers several therapies in areas regarding your sexual health, including:
Psychological therapy. The mental and social well-being aspects of your sexual health after your spinal cord injury are as important as your physical aspects. The ability to feel good about your body after SCI and regain confidence in establishing and maintaining intimate relationships is a vital but often unaddressed aspect of sexual health after SCI.
The integrated team of trained and experienced doctors, nurses and rehabilitation psychologists educates and counsels people regarding the mental and social well-being aspects of their sexual health.
Treatment for sexual dysfunction. Men and women who have had spinal cord injuries may notice physical changes after their SCIs and may need treatment to help resume sexual activity.
Men who have difficulties with sexual function due to spinal cord injury have several potential treatment options, which may include medications, assistive devices or implants.
Fertility counseling. Trained staff can discuss issues with you and your partner regarding sexual health and fertility and provide you with sexuality education and counseling.
Women who've had a spinal cord injuries usually can become pregnant and deliver normally. If you wish to become pregnant, you should plan the pregnancy and discuss any potential issues with your treatment team.
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
Doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other staff care for people with spinal cord injuries who may benefit from sexuality education, counseling and management in the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
You'll need a physician's referral to be considered for admission to the inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program or for an appointment in the outpatient program.
For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.
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Mayo Clinic researchers study sexuality and fertility management and other therapies for people with spinal cord injuries. Researchers also study outcomes, new treatment options and other areas related to spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Read more about spinal cord injury research.
See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on spinal cord injury rehabilitation on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.
- John R. Henley, M.S., Ph.D.
- Carlos B. Mantilla, M.D., Ph.D.
- Ronald K. Reeves, M.D.
- Daniel E. Rohe, Ph.D., L.P.
- Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.
- Robert J. Spinner, M.D.
- Anthony J. Windebank, M.D.
- Michael J. Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D.
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