When you think of rheumatoid arthritis, you might picture swollen joints, stiffness, pain, deformity, and a lifetime of medications and doctors’ visits. Do you ever think of sex? Does your rheumatologist ask about your sex life? Should she or he?
In case you didn’t already know, I have both multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Since MS is a neurological disease, the majority of bodily functions can be affected in one way or another. Sexual function is one of those.
As part of a routine neurological office visit, I am asked about symptoms I may be experiencing. Near the end of the list is always - “Are you having any problems with bladder/bowel function, or experiencing any sexual dysfunction?”
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RA and Sex: Could Estrogen Levels or Methotrexate Affect Your Sex Life?