Sexual and reproductive health : layers of (in)access

Hunt, Xanthe ; Swartz, Leslie ; Braathen, Stine Hellum ; Rohleder, Poul (2021)

CITATION: Hunt, X., et al. 2021. Sexual and reproductive health : layers of (in)access. In: Hunt X., Braathen S.H., Chiwaula M., Carew M.T., Rohleder P., Swartz L. (eds). Physical disability and sexuality. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-55567-2_8.

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Publication of this chapter was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund


In this chapter, we investigate some of the social (e.g. negative attitudes about sexuality and parenthood) and structural (e.g. inaccessible health care facilities) barriers that people with physical disabilities face when trying to lead a pleasurable, safe, and healthy sexual life. We do this by presenting an accessible review of the existing research literature, a summary of relevant survey evidence, and use of the personal stories of the participants.

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