More Research into Sexual Effects of Brain Injury Required

Most patients who suffer a brain injury admit to some kind of effect on sexual functioning and sexual behavior after the injury. However, considering that this is one of the major effects of a traumatic brain injury, Los Angeles personal injury lawyers find that there has been very little investigation into this problem, and little research into strategies and interventions that can be used to cope with altered sexual function after a brain injury.

Recently, researchers at the US Department of Psychology at University de Montréal in Québec Canada conducted a review of existing literature into brain injury-related sexual problems. Their review involves more than 1,500 patients, and it also included inputs from patients, their partners, spouses, rehabilitation professionals and other interested parties.

The review found that research has not adequately addressed the issue of sexual problems after a brain injury. For instance, sample sizes were very small, and the samples did not adequately represent women, who form a significant proportion of the number of people who suffer brain injuries every year. Moreover, the research did not reflect the growing diversity of the population, failing to include people like the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population. It is important to include all categories of people so that we can have a proper understanding of the type of rehabilitation agenda necessary for these patients.

Persons who suffer from a traumatic brain injury experience a number of changes that affect their sexual behavior and functioning. For instance, there may be physiological changes due to medications. Many hypertensive and antidepressant medications have a sexually-suppressing effect, and this can lower a person’s sexual desire. Further, there may be changes in the relationship between the patient and the spouse, and changes in social relationships after the injury that may also affect a person’s sexual life post the injury.