Reigniting Intimacy Despite MS

By Lizzie Rubin, a certified sex therapist.

Living with MS can bring about a range of physical and emotional challenges, including changes in sexual desire and function. These changes can strain intimate relationships, causing frustration and feelings of disconnect.

The first step in addressing any issue in a relationship is understanding each other’s perspectives, which can help build empathy and strengthen your bond.

Learning about the impact of MS on sexual desire and function can help both you and your partner better understand the physical and emotional changes you may experience. Consult with healthcare professionals, such as neurologists or MS specialists, who can provide guidance and resources tailored to your situation.

Intimacy is not solely defined by sexual activity. Focus on finding alternative ways to connect and experience intimacy with your partner. This may include cuddling, holding hands, massaging, or engaging in activities that bring joy and closeness.
Remember, intimacy is about emotional connection as much as physical.

MS symptoms can vary from person to person, and what works for one couple may not work for another. Be open to trying new things and adapting to your changing circumstances. Experiment with different positions, techniques, or aids that can enhance pleasure and intimacy while accommodating any physical limitations.

While multiple sclerosis can present challenges to intimacy, it doesn’t have to define or limit your relationship. By fostering open communication, educating yourselves, exploring alternative forms of intimacy, seeking professional support, and embracing adaptability, you and your partner can find new ways to reignite the flame of desire and strengthen your bond.

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment

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