Health Watch - Moods: Sex and MS

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about dealing with problem moods. In addition to the physical difficulties associated with multiple sclerosis, patients may also experience mood problems that affect their sex lives.

MS patients may have sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction or difficulty climaxing. These problems may be caused by nerve damage or from the fatigue and depression that often come with MS. Dr. Elliot Frohman, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says patients are often embarrassed to mention these problems to their doctors, and doctors may not think to ask. But these problems can be treated. Treatments include counseling, support groups, hormones, physical stimulation devices and medications. Patients with MS who are experiencing sexual problems should have a frank discussion with their doctors.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/neurosciences to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in neurosciences.

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September 2009


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