Fertility following spinal cord injury

Published: September 3, 2020  |  Source: aci.health.nsw.gov.au
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Information for health professionals

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating neurological condition that can impact on every aspect of the injured person’s life, including their reproductive health and fertility.

SCI causes significant disruption to male fertility and reproductive health. Although female fertility is generally not as affected, women with SCI may still face challenges during pregnancy related to self-care and daily functioning, as well as labour and delivery.

Health professionals have a duty to educate people with SCI and their partners about the different avenues and supports available to them to have children. There have been many medical advances over the years that have helped people with SCI have children.

This document provides an overview of male and female fertility issues.

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