Sexuality and Intimacy after Burn Injury consists of a suite of resources to help individuals with burn injury understand the importance of openly discussing physical and emotional components related to sexuality and intimacy after burn injury. View the press release (PDF, 2 pages).
A burn injury can change the way your body looks, feels, and functions. In some cases, these changes in your appearance may be permanent. After a burn injury, the initial focus is on addressing your immediate, physical needs for survival. Once these needs are met and you are on a path to recovery, issues such as sexuality or intimacy may come up. This factsheet explains how a burn injury may affect sexuality and intimacy.
This 18-minute video highlights burn survivors and their partners who share their experience navigating sexuality and intimacy after burn injury. It also includes the perspectives of health care professionals at the North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System, who explain the importance of openly discussing physical and emotional components related to sexuality and intimacy after burn injury.
Major burn injuries can change how the body looks and functions and lead to body image distress. Body image is defined as how satisfied, comfortable and confident a person is with his or her appearance. This slideshow provides tips for understanding and improving your body image.
Major burn injuries can change how the body looks and works. Burn injuries can also lead to body image concerns. Body image refers to how happy, comfortable, and confident a person is with how he or she looks. About one-third of burn survivors have severe distress about changes in the way their body looks, feels, and works when they are first hospitalized. Almost everyone has ups and downs as they heal. But most children and adults get used to the change in their appearance over time.