Sexual dysfunction in multiple sclerosis could be related to the depression and fatigue that also occur in this disease.
In a cross-sectional study, researchers found that sexual dysfunction in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) is linked to fatigue and depression. Treating these factors and identifying their causes is a potential strategy to treat the problem.
The study, “Sexual function in multiple sclerosis and associations with demographic, disease and lifestyle characteristics: an international cross-sectional study,” was published in the journal BMC Neurology.
Patients with MS are very often affected by sexual dysfunction, enhancing the burden of the disease, especially in younger patients. While MS can affect sexual function through a variety of mechanisms, both direct and indirect, the exact causes are still a matter of debate.
Now, a team of researchers aimed to determine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and satisfaction with sexual function in an international sample of patients with MS recruited online as part of the HOLISM study. The team looked particularly at the link between disease characteristics, fatigue, depression risk, and demographics, with sexual function and satisfaction.
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