Sexual problems

MS can cause problems with the practical and emotional aspects of sex, for both men and women.

Not everyone will have problems, and the good news is that there are ways to manage all aspects of sexual symptoms.

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MS nerve damage can affect female sexual function. Around 50 to 80 per cent of women with MS will experience some degree of sexual dysfunction at some stage during the course of their MS.


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Women with MS may have problems including loss of sex drive and problems achieving orgasm.

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If there is MS related nerve damage in the parts of the brain and spinal cord that are involved, men may have problems with erections and ejaculation.

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Depending on nerve damage, drug treatments and other solutions can help with these problems.

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MS can change sex and sexual relationships in various ways, including affecting sex drive and sexual function. Other MS symptoms, and medication, can also have an impact on sex and relationships.

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Communicating is vital, and getting professional help can make a real difference. There are self-help tips to manage sexual difficulties.

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