Sexual problems affecting women
Sexual arousal, response and orgasm depend on good spinal cord connections and undamaged nerve pathways between the brain and the base of the spinal cord.
Many women with MS will experience sexual difficulties at some point. While there are no specific medications available to treat these symptoms, there are things you can do to reduce their impact.
Vaginal dryness can make sex painful or uncomfortable for a woman. It could be a result of MS, or it could be a side effect of certain medications. Using lubricant can help - some women find water-soluble lubricants like KY-Jelly, Sensilube, Replens or Astroglide help. They're widely available over the counter at chemists and some supermarkets. Don't be afraid to use them liberally.
Difficulty with orgasms
One of the main sexual issues for women with MS is being less able to orgasm. While there is currently no medication to fix this problem, there are things you can do to help. Many women find that they can still have orgasms, but it takes longer and can require more stimulation.
Spending more time on foreplay can help you to reach orgasm. Lots of women use vibrators, either alone or with a partner, as they are one of the easiest ways to reach orgasm.
Find out more about managing sexual problems.
For information about pregnancy and childbirth, see the section on women's health.