Spinal cord injuries no longer stopping men from becoming fathers

Spinal cord injuries no longer stopping men from becoming fathers Technological advancements in the field of reproductive health and sexual stimulation have given many men who suffer from spinal cord injuries an opportunity to be fathers, which may not have existed 20 years ago. Men who live with paraplegia or quadriplegia, as a result of harm to the spinal cord, often have difficulty ejaculating, or possess sperm that’s not sufficiently voluminous or motile to produce children. Dr. Stacy Elliott, who specializes in reproductive health, runs a clinic that has helped over 100 men with spinal cord injuries have biological children since 1985. Her technique includes vibrators and a specialized machine that stimulates the ejaculation impulse in men. Failing these methods, her urologist colleague Dr. Mark Nigro is able to retrieve sperm through a surgical operation. Dr. Elliott’s clinic is supported by the UBC faculty of medicine and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. It is the only one of its kind in Canada.

Vancouver Sun, Wed Jun 27 2012, By: Pamela Fayerman, Link to full text