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MS LifeLines Nurse Rebecca

Rebecca's video biography

Q: Intimacy & MS: Can you highlight some things you can do to help those with sexual problems?

When my patients report having sexual problems, I stress the importance of talking about it with their partner and their doctor. There are differences with sexual issues for men and women, but one problem that can occur is a "short-circuit" from the brain to the genitals that affects sexual functioning. Also, symptoms of MS such as fatigue, pain, bowel and bladder problems, and spasticity can interfere with sexuality. Depending on the root of the issue, there are different options for treatment.

Q: Intimacy & MS: How do sexual problems differ in men and women?

Men often report an inability to achieve and maintain an erection, impaired genital sensation and decreased sexual drive. Women often report decreased genital sensation, difficulty having an orgasm and decreased sexual drive.

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