GeneFo, an online multiple sclerosis (MS) community that offers support, advice and educational resources to patients, will conduct a free webinar July 26 for those interested in knowing more about how MS affects sex and intimacy.
The webinar, hosted by renowned MS expert Dr. Tuppy Owens, follows a GeneFo survey showing that sex and intimacy are two main concerns for patients living with the disease.
Owens will talk about self-acceptance, how to overcome MS symptoms, such as fatigue and movement deficits, and how to create intimacy beyond sex. Registration for the webinar is free and can be done here.
“We are very proud to be offering this important session for the MS community, to provide a useful and valuable resource and point of encouragement,” GeneFo CEO Neer Ziskind said in a press release provided to Multiple Sclerosis News Today. “Dr. Tuppy has been at the forefront of campaigning for and supporting people with chronic conditions/disabilities and has helped many patients find healthier and happier lives while rediscovering intimacy and sexuality. Her years of experience, openness and profound sensitivity will resonate with those seeking answers and will address their unmet needs.”
Studies have, in fact, demonstrated that MS may limit patients’ sexual life.
Many couples affected by MS encounter anxiety, depression and anger when trying to achieve a healthy sex life. Patients frequently feel vulnerable and embarrassed with certain medical procedures, reducing their desire for intimacy with their partners.
According to GeneFo, male patients often suffer erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and trouble achieving orgasm. Complaints among female patients include decreased libido, difficulty achieving orgasm, vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse.
Caregivers may also be affected by feeling guilty for wanting to have sex or for not feeling attracted to their partners the same way as before the disease.
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