Straight Talk About MS and Sex
Oh, yes! You can very much have a fun and fulfilling sex life after your MS diagnosis.
MS can impact sex and intimacy in a number of ways, but there are also plenty of ways to keep your sex life healthy and alive. Watch Millennials discuss how MS has affected their sexual relationships, and how they’ve dealt with it.
Kim: MS hasn't impacted my sex life. The medications have. Julie: If I'm on top, the leg spasms or, you know, like cramps and just the logistical stuff. Kristine: Does it suck? Of course, it's going to suck. But he gets it. He gets that we're not going to push it. We don't want this to get uncontrollable. Daria: Lubricants and oral sex. That helps a lot. The interesting thing is that doctors do not prepare you for that side of the conversation. So I used to think it was just me. I had no idea it was related to my MS, like the first two years of having it. Kristine: I'll have an exasperation sometimes during sex, which is crazy, where my hands especially will become numb and the tingling sensation going throughout my arms. So it's obviously uncomfortable and I have to really just...We got a time out, you know, got a tap out of this one, because it's just it's not going to work out. Daria: You just have to take advantage of the good days, find other aspects, and how to move around it. Kim: There are ways to work around it. I mean, when we talk about, oh, being intimate with someone, or intimacy, we always think of sex. But, you know, just that physical touch, just that, you know, kissing the shoulders, or the neck, or just touching the skin. Julie: What I do is I just set a reminder, each week that, hey, you're having sex. Like, whether or not you're in the mood to, you'll eventually get where you need to go. But I think it's really important for relationships to stay fresh and keep having sex.