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!
Or sexuality does a lot of good, both physically and psychologically. She brings a breeze of lightness and carefreeness to a life complicated by illness. She secretes so many hormones: dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, … that everything must be done on the part of caregivers to improve the situation in the event of sexual disorders!
Yet neurologists have long hesitated to ask the taboo question of sexual symptoms. Because it touches what is most intimate and even some doctors find the question delicate, that patients are often embarrassed to answer it. In addition, the neurological consultation already requires so much time that we avoid the most urgent, otherwise the symptoms that bother the most (at least in appearance). However, these disorders, which have nothing to be ashamed of, are symptoms like any other, and they require that we be interested in them. Some specialized sites approach it freely, such as Sep-ensemble.fr.
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: 10.1586/14737220.127.116.11
See also on The HuffPost:
We wish to give thanks to the writer of this write-up for this outstanding material
BLOG – Why is sex life with multiple sclerosis still a taboo?
Our social media profiles here as well as other pages on related topics here.https://catherinecoaches.com/related-pages/