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Sexual dysfunction associated with MS higher in women, study finds

Rates of sexual dysfunction and related distress are higher among women with MS than those without the condition. That is according to research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

In the research 153 women with MS were compared to a similar number without the condition. Each of the women in the study were rated on the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale. Disability among the women with MS was assessed using the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). Psychological symptoms were evaluated in MS patients with Profile of Mood State and the Beck Depression Inventory.

In the research, which was carried out by Italian academics, it was found there was a higher rate of sexual dysfunction among women with MS compared with healthy controls both in pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Depression was more common in women with MS and Sexual Dysfunction (SD) than in female MSers without SD.

The authors note that Sexual dysfunction is common but still under-diagnosed in women with MS and say their study suggests that sexual function investigation should always be a standard part of the consultation with healthcare professionals for MS too. They add that larger and multi-centre studies may further support their findings.

Source: MS-UK 15/05/19

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