MS and sexuality

It is not surprise that people with Multiple Sclerosis reports a decline in their sexual activity. When you’re tired, you have muscle spasms and bladder control problems, who would think about sex?

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease with whom thousands of people lives day by day, over the entire lifetime. If the disability is less happy or not occur at all, the lifestyle of the patient and his family will not be modified at all. The impairment of life depends on the severity of symptoms and the frequency of their event.

But here are some steps that Multiple Sclerosis sufferers can follow if they are looking to improve their sexual function and intimacy.

How Multiple Sclerosis affects sex life? Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is an inherited disease, although there is a genetic predisposition, which explains the higher frequency in families in which the disease is existing. Multiple Sclerosis is not contagious. There are generally affected young adults, early manifestations of the general age is between 29-33 years, but this area is much wider, from 10 to 59 years.

Although there is a pattern of Multiple Sclerosis among symptoms can be include: disorders of vision, the muscle tone and the senses, problems with balance and coordination of movements, spasms, speech problems, urinary problems, bowel and sexual dysfunction. Changes in sexual function are the result of neurological and psychological disorders of Multiple Sclerosis.

Neurological Disorders Sexual arousal begins in the nervous system, as the nervous system sends messages to the sexual organs along nerve pathways in the spinal cord. Neurological changes in Multiple Sclerosis occurring within these pathways may directly or indirectly influence sexual function.

For example, the following symptoms may occur as a direct result of damage to the myelin sheath of the spinal cord or brain:

– Decreased sexual activity

– Abnormal genital sensations (numbness, increased sensitivity)

– Difficulty to maintain erection or inacapacitatea

– Decreased vaginal lubrication

– Decreased vaginal muscle tone

– Difficulty in ejaculation

– Problems in having an orgasm.

The following symptoms may occur as a result of physical changes or  Multiple Sclerosis treatments applied:

– Fatigue can suppress sexual desire;

– Spasticity can interfere with sexual positions and in that way can cause pain;

– Sensory changes may be unpleasant on physical contact;

– Pain during intercourse.

Psychological disorders A loss of interest in sex or intimacy can occur as a result of psychological or social problems as:

– Depression

– Sexual performance anxiety

– Changes in self-image and body image as a result of disease.

What can do a patient with Multiple Sclerosis to improve his sex life? Usually, for a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer is better to discuss with his/her partner. The most important way to treat this sexual dysfunction is by discussing to their loved one. Trusting your partner, increase intimacy and can help resolve all concerns about sex.

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