Sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect every aspect of a person's overall well-being—including their sexual health.

The brain plays a big role in arousal, so the way a person experiences and expresses their sexuality can completely change when the brain is injured. People with a TBI often experience reduced libido and erectile dysfunction (ED) and may also start behaving sexually at inappropriate times as a result of the changes in the brain caused by the injury.

For many men, dealing with erectile dysfunction after a TBI is a source of embarrassment. However, it's important to know that there is nothing to be ashamed of—reaching out for help can lead to effective treatment and leaning on loved ones can provide emotional comfort.

How a TBI can affect sexual function

A TBI, when it is acquired after birth, typically occurs when the