Sexual Function in Young Adults with Spina Bifida

Diana D. Cardenas, Jasmine Martinez-Barrizonte, Linnette C. Castillo, Samantha Mendelson

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Advances in medicine have allowed children born with spina bifida to survive into adulthood. However, few studies have examined the unique issues that individuals with spina bifida face. Even fewer have looked at adolescence, specifically with regard to sexual function, in individuals with spina bifida. Most of the data in the literature are retrospective case studies and survey studies. The purpose of this article is to review previously published reports on sexual function and the issues faced by adolescents with spina bifida with regard to sex, reproduction, and incontinence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Bladder Dysfunction Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 13 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Reproduction
  • Sexual function
  • Spina bifida

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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Cardenas, D. D., Martinez-Barrizonte, J., Castillo, L. C., & Mendelson, S. (2010). Sexual Function in Young Adults with Spina Bifida. Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports, 5(2), 71-78.