Sex and relationships after stroke fact sheet

What you need to know

  • Stroke can change how your body feels, works and how you feel about yourself. It can also affect your relationship with your partner.
  • Studies have not shown that sexual activity can trigger a stroke.
  • You may need to adapt to any physical changes, address any emotional changes, and talk to your partner or health professional.

How stroke can affect sex

Stroke can change how your body feels, works and how you feel about yourself. It can also change your relationships. Sex after a stroke may be affected by:

Fear of another stroke. Studies have not shown that sexual activity can trigger a stroke. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor.

Physical changes. Sexual activities can be impacted by physical changes including muscle weakness, stiffness, tightness, pain, altered sensation, mobility, fatigue and incontinence.

Emotion and mood changes. A stroke may change how you feel about yourself and your sexuality. It’s common to feel a range of difficult emotions after a stroke: anger, irritability and sadness. Depression and anxiety are also common after stroke. Emotional changes can impact your interest in sex.

Read full article on strokefoundation.org.au