10 Spina Bifida Symptoms

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Sexual Dysfunction

Another spina bifida symptom is sexual dysfunction. Males with lesions in the lower back and intact sacral reflexes may have fewer problems with erection, ejaculation and orgasm. Some males with spina bifida might experience issues with an erection sufficient for penetration.

Females might have decreased arousal, pain and difficulty orgasming. Scientists don't fully understand the full cause of sexual dysfunction in females with spina bifida. More studies are necessary to develop a treatment for these patients.5Streur, Courtney S., et al. ‘Sexual Function of Men and Women With Spina Bifida: A Scoping Literature Review.’ Sexual Medicine Reviews, Elsevier, 17 Feb. 2021, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2050052120300998

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