Before I began this post, I did some research and the truth is that most of the reading I did made sex sound a bit bleak and depressing, but it doesn't need to be this way. The important thing is to maintain an open line of communication with our partner, which is always easier if we are already in a relationship, so for those of us who are single, it's a bit more complicated and stressful. Here is what I found on WebMD:
How Does Multiple Sclerosis Impact Sexual Function?
Neurologic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Sex
- Decreased sex drive
- Altered genital sensations (numbness, pain, increased sensitivity)
- Difficulty or inability to maintain erection
- Decreased vaginal lubrication
- Decreased vaginal muscle tone
- Ejaculation difficulty
- Problems having an orgasm
- Fatigue can suppress sexual desire
- Spasticity can interfere with sexual positioning or cause pain
- Sensory changes can make physical contact uncomfortable.
Psychological Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Sex
- Performance anxiety
- Changes in self-image or body image as a result of disability