My sex life has gone downhill since I've been diagnosed with MS. I feel badly for my husband and worry that he might start an affair because I just am not very into sex anymore. Do others have this problem and do they think it is due to having MS?
There are many reasons your sex life can go “downhill” after a diagnosis of MS. This is true for men and women. I will give you several reasons and then suggest that you see someone who specializes in female sexuality.
1. Medications especially antidepressants (think Prozac like drugs) and sedating medications
2. Depression and anxiety
3. Fatigue and lack of energy
4. Decreased vaginal and clitoral sensation
5. Decreased lubrication
There is never one solution and often education and counseling for both members of a couple are required to get improvements.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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