FAQs about MS in men

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects everyone differently, and its exact impact on daily life will depend on the unique situation of each patient, as well as their specific set of symptoms. MS in men tends to have a poorer prognosis than in women. In general, men with the disease usually have a worse recovery from relapses, have higher rates of cognitive impairment, and are more likely to develop progressive forms of MS, which are associated with greater disability. MS symptoms may make it harder to do certain day-to-day tasks, and as the disease progresses, patients may require assistance or specific accommodations. Proper care and support can improve clinical outcomes and make daily life more enjoyable.

Men with MS are no more likely to experience hair loss than individuals without the disease, though some MS therapies may cause hair loss as a side effect. Patients who experience unexpected hair loss are advised to talk to their healthcare providers.

Erectile dysfunction affects roughly three-quarters of all men with MS at some point. MS also can cause reduced libido, diminished genital sensation, and difficulty achieving orgasm.

MS may alter a person’s sex drive or libido. Most commonly, the disease is associated with decreased libido, but there have been a few case reports of hypersexuality (abnormally increased sex drive) occurring in men with MS.

Viagra (sildenafil) is a medication used to manage erectile dysfunction that works by increasing blood flow to the penis. Studies have shown that the medication is generally effective to help induce an erection in men with MS. Patients are advised to talk to their healthcare team about the potential benefits of Viagra in their particular case.

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