As a swimmer, she’d gotten used to using tampons at an early age.

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In an episode of has featured characters with disabilities that range from a spinal cord injury to an amputated hand to dwarfism.

And in the fashion world, Jillian Mercado, a model with muscular dystrophy who uses an electric wheelchair, has appeared in campaigns for Diesel and Beyoncé.

By 19, she’d fallen into a pattern of only making out with men when she was drunk.

In university, she would panic when someone showed interest in her at a bar.

” Dating and sex are complicated under the best of circumstances.

If you’re living with a disability, the obstacles and challenges extend far beyond the “does-he-like-me?“Say someone wants to take you home—that is an awkward f-cking conversation,” Dixon says.“At what point do you let them know that one leg is going to be coming off?So she began to teach herself (and eventually others) about men’s bodies, about how antidepressants can affect libido, about the ways in which people who live with cerebral palsy and other conditions can have sex—and eventually started a blog, The Fucking Facts, to address some of those questions. There’s no funding here to look at sexuality, so it falls on the hands of whoever is comfortable talking about it,” she says. But these portrayals still exist on the fringes, and finding them is not easy.And although there’s more information out there now than when she started at Venus Envy eight years ago, she’s still longing for more pop culture portrayals of disabled people being sexy. *** Pop culture, from which we take so many of our sexual cues, has been sorely lacking when it comes to realistic depictions of sex and disability.The challenges of dating with a disability don’t begin and end in the bedroom—they start with education, move to dating and accessible spaces and encompass sexual preferences that may change as your disability does.