Multiple sclerosis MS can affect your physical and mental health, which can in turn influence your sex drive and sexual relationships. In a study of people with MS, more than 80 percent of sexually active survey respondents said they experienced problems with sex. If left unmanaged, sexual difficulties can negatively affect your quality of life.
Multiple sclerosis MS is a disease in which the immune system attacks and strips away at the protective covering of nerves. This not only damages the nerves but interrupts with the line of communications between nerve cells. Of the many symptoms caused by MS, sexual dysfunction is arguably one of the more upsetting.
Healthy sexuality is an important part of life. But MS can lead to changes in your sex life and the way you see your sexuality. These changes can be challenging, but with a little creativity and open communication, you can enjoy a great sex life with MS.
Mood lighting. Fresh bedding. Feeling of crushing exhaustion, um… numb left arm, er… the fear you could wet yourself at any moment… what?
Neurological disorders can impair sexuality on a much more massive scale than frequently assumed, leaving loss of desire, erection problems and infertility in their wake. Both men and women are affected. A person's self-esteem, love life and relationship with a significant other can all suffer.
Multiple sclerosis MS is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system characterized by episodic and progressive neurologic dysfunction resulting from inflammatory and autoimmune reactions. The underlying pathogenesis of MS remains largely unclear. However, it is currently accepted as a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease.
Intimacy with a loved one is an important component of a healthy, contended life. It does not have to disappear from the lives of couples when one partner has MS. MS can affect the experience of intimacy in a variety of ways.
If you are anything like me when you think about sex, you might start with a wistful memory of better days. Whether it was in the earlier stages of the disease or during that golden time before I developed multiple sclerosis, the memories stay as painfully intact as an indwelling catheter. Back then, all my plumbing worked pretty consistently.
Sexual problems are often experienced by people with MS, but they are very common in the general population as well. Sexual arousal begins in the central nervous system, as the brain sends messages to the sexual organs along nerves running through the spinal cord. If MS damages these nerve pathways, sexual response — including arousal and orgasm — can be directly affected. Sexual problems also stem from MS symptoms such as fatigue or spasticity, as well as from psychological factors relating to self-esteem and mood changes.