Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves a breakdown of the myelin sheath that protects all nerve fibers, and it can be manifested in a variety of symptoms, such as dizziness, weak­ness, blurred or double vision, muscle spasms, spasticity, and loss of control of limbs and muscles. Symptoms can come and go without warning, but MS is progressive and wors­ens over time. MS often strikes people between the ages of 20 and 50, at a time when they are establishing sexual relationships and families (M. P. McCabe, 2002).

Multiple sclerosis can affect sexual functioning in many ways. Between 60% and 80% of men with MS experience ED problems (M. P. McCabe, 2002), whereas women with MS may have lack of vaginal lubrication, altered feelings during orgasm, or difficulty experiencing orgasm. Both men and women may become hypersensitive to touch, experiencing even light caresses as painful or unpleasant. Fatigue, muscle spasms, and loss of bladder and bowel function can also inhibit sexual contact. Sexual counsel­ing, penile prostheses in men, and artificial lubrication in women can help overcome some of these difficulties. Sexual dysfunctions may increase as the disease progresses (Dupont, 1996).

hyperestrogenemia

Having an excessive amount of estrogens in the blood.

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