"Sexuality is a core characteristic and formative factor for human beings. It is a state of mind, representing our feelings about ourselves, what it’s like to be male or female, how we relate to people of our own gender and those of the opposite gender, how we establish relationships, and how we express ourselves. It is basic to our sense of self. As such it is an important part of development and growth. It is the ability to be intimate with another in mutually satisfying ways."
Sexual wellness is critical to mental and physical health regardless of physical illness or limitation. We want to provide the resources for our clients to overcome disabilities and challenges to explore and enjoy sexuality.Whether you deal with arthritis or are wheelchair-bound, let us help you find the right toys. Limitations can arise from a host of conditions ranging from a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to obesity and arthritis. Each of these conditions can have special considerations which you should discuss with your physician.
Let's take a look at a great TED talk by Dr .Daniel Sheypuk:
Go to Dr. Sheypuk's site.
One common concern, whether you have a physical disability or not, is lubrication. This may be a particular issue with older customers as well as women who have experienced a Spinal Cord Injury. Please feel free to take a look at our Lubrication Collection and find the right one for you.
If you are concerned about making a mess when engaged in sexual activity, please take a look at the Exxxtreme Sheets from SI Novelties.
There is a terrific manual from the University of British Columbia that provides a comprehensive guide to selecting the right product for you depending on the specific condition. Using this guide, we have broken down our products into the following areas.
- Limited Hand Function
- No Hand Function
- Set-Up by Caregiver
- Limited Strength in the Upper Extremity
- Limited Flexibility for Positioning
In addition there are some wonderful tools available online from Spinal Cord Injury Ontario's Learning Center.
The following items align with the suggestions in the Sexual Device Manual for Persons with Disabilities from the Disabilities Health Research Network. Stay tuned for updates on this list.
In addition, there are a number of items available our Sportsheets Sex In The Shower Collection that may be of use beyond the bedroom. They provide handholds for an otherwise slippery environment as well.
- Disabilities Health Research Network: Sexual Device Manual for Persons with Disabilities
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario: Adapted Sex Toys
- American Occupational Therapy Association: Sexuality and the Role of Occupational Therapy