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Don’t let multiple sclerosis stop you from enjoying sex September 7, 2008

Posted by Rebecca Hoover in Sex and multiple sclerosis.

Definitely sizzling!

Definitely sizzling!

Multiple sclerosis need not mean the end of an enjoyable sex life and there are somethings you can to do to ensure you are sexy and sizzling.

First, those with MS are not the only ones who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) or have sex problems. Often sexual problems are caused by a diet high in cholesterol and saturated fats. The best thing to do, if you have high cholesterol, to ensure a healthy sex life is to improve your diet. Some researchers found that those with ED can return to full functioning about two years after adopting the Mediterranean diet. This diet or the Swank diet is the type of diet doctors recommend for those with MS in any case. The excellent book on this diet by Dr. Roy Swank is available from a library or from book dealers such as Amazon.com.

Second, if you do have MS, the next best things to do involve a focus on wellness. Have your Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 levels tested and take supplements if they are not high enough. Think about a fish oil supplement. Get exercise five times a week and be sure to get enough sleep (at least seven to eight hours a night and a nap during the day if needed).

When thinking about exercise, remember that exercise can also help address any problems you might have controlling urination. For information on how to do these exercises, you can see a post about Kegal Exercises for Pelvic Muscles at a web site maintained by an association for family doctors. These exercises are helpful if you avoid sex because you are worried about incontinence. There is no need for embarrassment. Millions of women, most without MS, need to do Kegal exercises to help control urinary function.

While you are waiting for these basic wellness steps to take effect, you may wish to consider use of Viagra which works for many men and women. You may also wish to solve issues such as lubrication problems with the use of a lubricating gel available from a pharmacy. Women, a vibrator can be a wonderful aid when numbness has reduced sensation. The Hitachi Magic Wand is often recommended and it can be purchsed on Amazon.

Also, dressing attractively and with a little sizzle will help you feel better about yourself if MS has affected your self-esteem. This need not be expensive. These days even thrift stores have snappy duds. Don’t forget, re-used items are “green” and very socially responsible. What’s more, re-used items have inherited charm — that is very classy.

If you have performance anxiety and are worried about being judged by a partner, you might want to consider some counseling.

By all means, do talk to your doctor about any issues too. Such a frank conversation is a classy thing to do and can help get things back on track. Also, your doctor knows about your medical history and may have some additional ideas. If you doctor is reluctant to discuss this issue with you and take it seriously, a change of doctors is in order.

Whatever you do, remember that while you cannot cure MS, you can probably beat it. A lot of those with MS are sexy and sizzling. You can be sexy and sizzling too.

Please let me know if you find my blog helpful. Please add a comment. What did you like? What would you like added?  Thanks!  Together we can change the way the world views MS. Please also join the Intelligent Guide to MS page on Facebook. I will use that page to make timely posts on new research and other issues likely to be of interest to others.

Please remember to consult with your doctors about how to stay as healthy as possible. Nothing here should be interpreted as medical advice. Instead, please use the information you find here in your discussions with your doctor.

Copyright 2008 Rebecca Hoover

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1. Bob Wilson - November 6, 2008

I enjoyed reading about vitamin B12, vitamin D, and fish oil capsules. I plan on taking a vitamin B supplement since excess B will be excreted. Fish oil capsules and a good multi vitamin with D will be included in my diet. I am not taking any injections since my MS episodes started years prior to these medications and I have experienced too many exacerbations for these medications to be of any benefit. I am probably in secondary progression MS and am looking forward to a medication currently in the trial stage, fampridine, in the near future. Please keep up with the good work.

2. Rhonda Perry - June 5, 2010

Helpful blog, on an often difficult topic. Thanks for doing this.

3. Geeta elliott - June 5, 2010

Rebecca…this is so good,infect excellent!!Thank you my darling.I do have high cholesterol and now am controlling it by exercise ,and diet.My next check up is on the 10/8/2010.I also got my vitamin D level checked 6 months ago…it was way too low.So I am now taking Vit D.I am not taking Bs so I think I should start.

I never thought of a vibrator to spice it up!!!!!that could be a way to go.

I am slowly following a vegan/vegetarian diet….but not completely,I do falter at times.

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