A new review of research demonstrates that fibromyalgia is significantly linked with sexual dysfunction in women. Researchers concluded that it is of the utmost importance for doctors to recognize sexual dysfunction in their fibromyalgia patients and to consider it when making treatment decisions.
The specific sexual problems identified included:
- Decreased sexual desire
- Decreased arousal
- Lessening of the orgasm experience
- Sometimes, an increase in genital pain (such as vulvodynia)
The also state that the stress of the illness, constant pain, fatigue and poor sleep contribute to sexual problems. Additionally, many of the drugs prescribed for fibromyalgia, such as SSRI/SNRI antidepressants, are known to have a negative impact in sexuality and sexual function in some people.
The researchers believe that doctors can improve the quality of life in their fibromyalgia patients by being aware of and attempting to alleviate sexual dysfunction.
What sexual problems have you faced due to your illness? Have they influenced your treatment decisions? What has helped you remain sexual? Leave your comments below!
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