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Multiple Sclerosis and Women’s Sexual Health

What can women do? Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Talk to your doctor. Often, sexual problems can be treated. For example, vaginal lubricants and moisturizers can improve vaginal lubrication.
  • Talk to your partner. Partners may not realize that you’re troubled by changes in intimacy. Don’t hesitate to open up about how you’re feeling.
  • Plan ahead. MS can take some of the spontaneity out of sex. Try planning a date night when you and your partner can take your time and enjoy yourselves.
  • Consider counseling or sex therapy. A counselor or sex therapist can help you learn more about what is happening with your body and how you can adjust. You can also work on improving communication skills and boosting self-confidence.

Resources

EverydayHealth.com

Vann, Madeline R., MPH

“How to Have a Healthy Sex Life When You Have Multiple Sclerosis”

(Last updated: December 21, 2016)

https://www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-sclerosis/living-with/maintaining-a-healthy-sex-life-when-you-have-ms/

International Society for Sexual Medicine

“How might multiple sclerosis affect a person sexually?”

https://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/how-might-multiple-sclerosis-affect-a-person-sexually/

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Zhao, Shankun MD, et al.

“Association Between Multiple Sclerosis and Risk of Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”

(Full-text. Published online: November 1, 2018)

https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(18)31215-3/fulltext

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

“Sexual Problems”

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms/Sexual-Dysfunction

SexHealthMatters.org

“About Two-Third of MS Patients Have Sexual Problems”

https://www.sexhealthmatters.org/did-you-know/about-two-third-of-ms-patients-have-sexual-problems

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