When Healthcare Providers do not Ask, Patients Rarely Tell: The Importance of Sexual Counselling in Multiple Sclerosis

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Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a relatively frequent inflammatory autoimmune illness of the central nervous system affecting about 2.5 million people around the world, and represents the most common cause of neurological disability among young adults. Indeed, the disease can affect sensory-motor, autonomic and cognitive function potentially leading to a high prevalence of sexual dysfunction (SD). Thus, the identification of barriers to help seeking for sexual concerns in patients with MS is an important, although still overlooked, issue. Aim of this overview is to briefly investigate the role of sexual counselling in managing SD in individuals with MS, highlighting the importance for the clinicians to get more knowledge about; the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment of MS-related SD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-687
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Volume111
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Counselling
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sexual dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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