New Study Correlates Spinal Cord Injuries with Reproductive Health Issues

A recent study has highlighted the often-overlooked consequences of spinal cord injuries on reproductive system function, with particular attention to the disparities between men and women. The research conducted focuses on the impact of such injuries on the lumbar region of the spinal cord, which is closely linked to sexual reflexes.

The study is led by Lique Coolen, a respected professor at the university, who has devoted five years to the examination of spinal cord reflexes in relation to sexual function. Coolen emphasized that the reflex generators in the lower spine are often damaged following a spinal cord injury, leading to significant dysfunction in over 90% of men.

Michael Lehman, director of the research institute, found the identification of the specific group of cells in the spinal cord responsible for sexual reflexes as one of the most unexpected findings of the study. Coolen and her team are now exploring gene expression restoration and pharmacological treatments as potential methods for aiding the recovery of the damaged reproductive system functions.

While challenges arise from the complexity of the research and the unique approaches required to regenerate spinal cord connections or to employ drugs for stimulation, the team remains dedicated to finding efficient recovery solutions. Coolen highlighted the high priority patients place on recovering reproductive system function post-injury—a field that, despite its importance, is rarely studied.

Source: Kent Wired

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