Health Watch - Valentine's Day: MS and Sex

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day and health issues relating to matters of the heart. For patients with multiple sclerosis, romantic and sexual relationships can be challenging.

Sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction or difficulty climaxing often occur with MS either because of the nerve damage caused by the disease or as a result of fatigue, depression or medications that come with MS. Dr. Elliott Frohman, a neurologist at
UT Southwestern Medical Center who heads the Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Center, says patients are often reluctant to bring up these issues with their doctors, but there are ways to treat these problems. Treatments include counseling, support groups, hormones, medication and physical stimulation devices. The first step, though, is open communication with your doctor about any problems you’re having.

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February 2010

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