If you or your partner have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know that the swelling, pain, and exhaustion that come with it are often big-time libido killers. In fact, about a third of people with RA experience some type of sexual dysfunction, from decreased sex drive to premature ejaculation to painful intercourse, says Lynne Peterson, M.D., a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic.
But with some open-minded and creative thinking, you can have a satisfying sex life despite RA, says Jennifer Wiessner, L.C.S.W, who's a sex therapist in Cumberland, ME. Bonus: The endorphins released during orgasm may bring hours of pain relief. Ready to get busy? Here are the experts' best advice.