Sexuality is a part of everyone's life. It's not just about meaningful physical contact. It's also about who you are, how you feel and how you relate to others.
If you have a physical or developmental disability, people may assume there's no need to talk to you about sexuality. This is a misconception as people of all abilities are sexual beings. It's important to know that your sexuality may be affected by:
- Your feelings and how you relate to others.
- The way you see yourself and your body.
- Your medical condition and medications you may be on.
Your sexual health is also important. This means:
- Understanding the changes happening to your body.
- Protecting yourself against sexually transmitted diseases.
- Preventing unwanted pregnancies.
- Making decisions based on facts rather than false beliefs or myths.
- Understanding how your medical condition impacts having a family of your own.
If you have any questions or concerns, it's important to get reliable and accurate answers. We recommend talking to your doctor and healthcare team. However, if you don't feel comfortable doing this, contact a Sexual Health Specialist from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program at 403-955-6500.
For more resources go to the Sexual Health section of the Medical Resources list.