The Reality Of Being Sexual When You Have Cerebral Palsy

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to cerebral palsy is that adults like myself, can’t have sex or any sexual interaction. Another misconception is that we don’t have the desire to have that type of physical interaction with our significant others.

When indeed we do or can.

For the most part, in my experience, I consider sex to be one of the hardest and challenging things for me in my womanhood. I want to experience it like any other ordinary woman in my age would. I want to explore my sexuality, myself and all that entails. I want to grow as a person in all aspects of my life, see what I can accomplish and understand who I am more.

We all become aware of our sexual desires at different ages. The first time I had an urge to have sex was when I was 18 years old. I had just started to date my current boyfriend, almost five years ago. At the start of our relationship, I wasn’t expecting to start having any urges that would make me want to have sex with him. And then before you know it, we were sexting and having cybersex daily.

You would probably say, well, that has to be perfect right? That is definitely not the case, like others, I was bombarded by anxiety with the present and the future. For a long time I didn’t know how to express it or how to explain it but today, I am. It’s time to bring awareness to sex and disability.

Cerebral palsy does affect my sex life and sexual feelings. I become incredibly nervous when thinking about having sexual interactions because I feel like I will not be able to satisfy any man with my condition if I were to have in real life. I’m highly aware of my disability in situations like this. I wonder how I can overcome it or how to move forward with my limits and what I can do.

Since I’m not able to do the same things as a non-disabled woman would be able to do, to please a man sexually in the bedroom, my biggest fear is that if I do decide that I wanted to have sex in the real world, I wouldn’t please my partner. Now, I suppose a lot of us share that in common but for someone like myself, there are a few differences because of my disability.

The biggest issue and fear is… I’m afraid that I won’t be able to satisfy a man when it comes to the genital area in a relationship. It may be a little TMI but for me, the reason is because of my spastic cerebral palsy and due to my windswept legs and their inability to open up or blend. I worry in a way that I won’t be able to experience sex in an enjoyable way to the full extent.

What if my partner gets turned off by my cerebral palsy while having sex? It’s a recurring thought that comes to mind. I think that’s why it’s the most pressing thing that affects my life, with cerebral palsy. Fear is a powerful and consuming issue, and I constantly worry that I won’t be good in the bedroom with my partner.

However, it is something I’m gonna have to work on with myself and hopefully I would be able to not be afraid of that anymore. I just want to have pride to be in the bedroom regardless of my cerebral palsy. I’ve become an advocate for those with cerebral palsy, and by being open about these fears and the truths with them, I hope I can continue to help others.

The most important thing for us women and men to remember is to treat our body as a precious gift that God gave us. And to respect it while we explore and go on our adventures through life. And yes, while some of us have disabilities, like cerebral palsy, we can still do a great deal of things.

We might have to do them differently, but, we can do them!

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  1. Very true! Reading this really helps, so glad I’m not alone on this type of thought. I have CP and I want to be sexually active but sometimes I think that people might get turned off by it but reading this inspired me to just go for it and enjoy life!

  2. Good for you, Tylia, you go for it and enjoy every moment! My wife and I are both 53; we’ve known each other since we were 8. She has CP, and I don’t. We were friends from 8 years old on, and when we were 26 we hooked up. I was her first, she was my fourth. Sounds bad, but that’s the truth.
    And in a lot of ways, though, she was my first. We did things I never did with anyone else! I’ve never looked back since. Granted, there’s certain positions we can’t do as she’s not comfortable; it’s mostly a positioning of the hips 😀 But I’ll bet there are other girls without CP who wouldn’t be comfortable either.
    We’ve been together 27 years, have a daughter (no problems at all), and life is good.

    I hope you meet someone who sees you for who you are, and everything goes well.
    All the best Tylia!

  3. I am attracted to a man who has CP. I’m scared that my motives will be questioned and I will be tortured for a narrative that isn’t true. I just want someone I can share mutual love with and develop our own “norm” about what love, sex, and companionship looks like that may not reflect what the majority thinks is normal and acceptable.
    I hear “brain damage” and I get scared. More scared than most anything else I’ve ever been worried about. Does brain damage mean he can’t make good choices independently and relies on others to guide him? Does brain damage mean I’m taking advantage? Or does brain damage only mean nervous system impairment?
    I don’t mind how different he speaks or how differently he walks or doesn’t walk (I don’t want to give too much detail). I enjoy what he has to say and what his values are.
    I have no intention of becoming his care taker but do want to do things for him like cook his meals, do his laundry. He’s really handsome and I really like him. I think he’s very independent and outgoing. He doesn’t let things like speech and movement bother him. He is so patient when people ask him to repeat himself several times. I don’t understand why they do this because I never had problems understanding him.
    He doesn’t know I’m interested in him. Is it okay to flirt with him and let him know I like him? I want to date him like I would anyone without neuromuscular impairment.
    Is there anything else I should ask myself or know before I put my feelings out there for him to see?


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