BLOG – Why is sex life with multiple sclerosis still a taboo?

Many chronic diseases are complicated by sexual symptoms, for organic reasons and by their psychological repercussions. MS (acronym for multiple sclerosis) is no exception; it affects, according to studies, from 50 to 90% of men and 40 to 80% of women, in a more or less pronounced and variable way over time.

Various symptoms …

In men, erection, ejaculation, orgasm, or libido may be affected. In women, it will be desire, pain on penetration, or difficulty reaching orgasm.

These are sometimes other symptoms that complicate the sex life: that it is difficult to want to make love when you are in pain, that the movements are limited by muscle weakness, in the event of urinary disorders, of exhaustion or even dizziness!

Solutions to offer

Fortunately, things are moving in the right direction, speech is freed a little, both on the side of doctors and patients; sexology, with its practical advice and therapies, and the development of certain therapies (such as erectile dysfunction) offer new perspectives. But there is still a lot of progress to be made, both in terms of screening and treatment, to offer all patients a fulfilling intimate life, focused on the playful and light sharing of pleasure. A real enchanted parenthesis in the uncertain and sometimes chaotic life caused by MS …

1 Kessler. Expert Rev Neurother 2009 Mar;9(3):341-50. doi: 10.1586/14737175.9.3.3

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