Multiple Sclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system that results in episodic and progressive neurological dysfunction which is a result of inflammatory and autoimmune reactions. Multiple sclerosis has an unfavorable impact on the sexuality of an individual. Erectile dysfunction is a common symptom of MS and accounts for almost 50%–75%, of the sexual dysfunction complaints.

Causes of ED in men with MS

  • Nerve messages play an important role in achieving an erection. With MS there are damages to these nerve pathways, and the messages from the brain are either delayed or blocked which results in erections that do not last long or not occur at all.
  • There are other MS symptoms that make it difficult to get or maintain an erection. In the case of numbness or pain in the genital area, pleasurable sensations could also become uncomfortable. 
  • ED can be psychological or stress-related. Depression or altered attention span or concentration can also lead to this problem.
  • Fear of MS symptoms can lead to ED as well. For instance, the fear that sexual activity could lead to spasms or fatigue etc could also lead to it.
  • For an individual, MS could also lead to self-confidence issues or a dent in a person’s self-image. It may also affect how an individual thinks his partner sees him, which may have an impact on the ability to achieve and maintain erections.

These are just some of the ways in which MS can have an impact on an individual’s sexual functioning. Read more of our articles, or get in touch for more information.

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