Monday, June 7, 2010

RA and Sex: Hormones and Methotrexate

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?” 

Read this post in its entirety:

RA and Sex: Could Estrogen Levels or Methotrexate Affect Your Sex Life?

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