Sexual dysfunction is prevalent among women with multiple sclerosis (MS), and one way physicians can help improve their patients’ quality of life is to ask them about the problem.
That finding is detailed in the study “Sexual dysfunction in women with multiple sclerosis: prevalence and impact on quality of life,” which was published in the journal BMC Urology.
Sexual function is a determinant of quality of life, and sexual dysfunction is a frequent complaint of people with MS. That’s why it is important to assess its effects even though patients may be reluctant to self-report.
Now, researchers at the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran set out to determine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction among women with MS, and its effect on their quality of life.
A total of 300 married women (ages 22 to 50 years) with MS were interviewed face-to-face using a questionnaire that included several clinical validated tools to assess patients’ personal details (age, duration of marriage, education, and occupation), disease duration, clinical pattern of MS, physical and neurological disability, treatment, sexual function, general quality of life, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Regarding sexual function, researchers focused on the patients’ desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain over the past four weeks.
At the time of data collection, women had been married, on average, for 15 years and had the disease for 7.37 years.
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