Sex After a Stroke
Stroke doesn't usually affect a person's ability to have sex, but it may cause problems with erections. Communication problems could arise from aphasia (loss of speech), and these may be reduced by learning to communicate with touch.
Drugs prescribed for stroke victims such as tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and high blood pressure medication can sometimes interfere with sex. In the case of high blood pressure medications that may cause impotence, one solution may be to plan for sex before taking the medication. For women on birth control, a change in birth control medication may make sex less difficult.
Stroke can also impact one’s sense of touch. If this is the case, remind your partner of areas that may be paralyzed and ask him or her to approach you in places that are not affected. If a stroke results in weakness or paralysis, different sexual positions or medical devices can make sexual intercourse possible.
Sex Positions After a Stroke
The missionary position may not be ideal following a stroke, particularly if a man has experienced weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. Instead, consider having sex side by side, with both partners facing one another and legs interlaced. Also, a position with the affected man’s partner on top may be best following a stroke.