Many people with multiple sclerosis suffer from sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction or difficulty in climaxing. These problems can be a direct result of nerve damage from the disease or a secondary result of the overall fatigue, depression or medications that often accompany MS.
“Many people with MS are reluctant to bring up sexual problems with their health care providers, who in turn sometimes don’t ask,” says Dr. Elliot Frohman, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program and Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
“There are a variety of ways to treat these problems,” says Dr. Frohman, a professor of neurology and ophthalmology. “But good communication is the key.”
Treatment may include counseling, support groups, physical stimulation devices, hormones and medications.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/neurosciences to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in the neurosciences, including multiple sclerosis.
March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. March 2-8 is National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.
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