Published: June 3, 2006

A woman with SCI, like men with similar injuries, can achieve normal orgasm if there is some residual pelvic innervation, though orgasm is relatively rare. It is also reported that some SCI men and women are able to experience what has been referred to as “paraorgasm” or “phantom orgasm”, through reassignment of sexual response to areas of the body which are unaffected by the injury. It has been described as “a highly pleasurable fantasized orgasm (which occurs by) mentally intensifying an existing sensation from some neurologically intact portion of their body and reassigning the sensation to their genitals.”


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