Pregnancy and Spinal Cord Injury, pt. I

Spinal Cord Injury and Pregnancy

If you have sustained and are living with a spinal cord injury, you will not need to be told about the adjustments that can become necessary. Unfortunately, you will also very likely find that there are many people who have no idea of the adjustments that you and your family have to make.

The specialist injury lawyers at Aspire Law work hard to ensure that their clients receive any compensation they may deserve – which can be a great help when it comes to adapting your living area for example. But what about the future? Can someone with a spinal cord injury continue having the life that they dreamed of? Can they have children?

These are questions that many people ask themselves after they have sustained SCI, and in this first of a two-part series, you can hopefully find some answers. Here you will see that conception may come with difficulties, but that it is certainly not out of the question for many people.

Conception

SCIs can, of course, occur in both men and women, and if you are thinking of trying to conceive a child with your partner there may be some difficulties that you face. Articles such as this may offer some comfort but are never intended to replace individual medical advice, which it is recommended that you seek before trying to conceive.

For a woman, it is not unusual to experience a temporary interruption in menstruation following SCI. As long as your periods have returned, you are probably able to conceive normally, although you should still consult with your doctor. Certain medications can increase the risk of miscarriage, or be harmful to the foetus – your doctor can advise you on how best to manage this.

For men, one of the effects of SCI is often that you may experience inhibited erection or ejaculation. Again, your doctor can discuss this with you, and there are plenty of websites and charities offering advice on intimacy and sex for people living with SCI, such as sexSCI.me. There are options available to assist with conception should you and your doctor deem it necessary.

In the second part of this series on pregnancy and SCI, you will see some of the challenges that might come with carrying a child. It may seem, sometimes, as though you are constantly being told how difficult things are – but many people live by the mantra “prepare for the worst, hope for the best” – as such, information is key to being able to manage your fears.