FYBROMYALGIA: DOES IT AFFECT YOUR LIBIDO?
This is probably a topic that few people want to explore but the truth is fybromyalgia can affect your sex life. The agony associated with the pain and muscle stiffness can keep you from enjoying sex the way you used to. You could also be experiencing a loss of libido or sexual performance. Either way, the affect is the same.
While it is not unusual to experience sex problems when having chronic pain, a healthy sex life is important. Not only does it strengthen the intimate role in relationships, but it also increases endorphins, the body’s natural opioids that help decrease pain and increase well-being. Talking over these issues with your doctor and following a few practical tips can help you resolve problems associated with fibromyalgia, pain, and sex. Then you can start enjoying your life again.
MEDICATIONS CAN CAUSE LIBIDO LOSS
Certain medications can cause loss of libido. Antidepressants used in the treatment of fibromyalgia may cause reduced sex drive. If this is the case, talk to your doctor. Another type drug or a lower dosage may do the trick and restore your libido thus allowing you to enjoy your relationship.
Additionally, in some patients with fybromyalgia, the uncomfortable, ongoing pain, fatigue, anxiety, and stiffness, are difficult enough without thinking of being physically active with sexual activity. These patients need to learn to self-manage these symptoms with medications, exercise, and lifestyle habits to boost their sex life.
PAIN AND SEX
Many patients with fybromyalgia believe that they will receive further injury or added pain by engaging in sexual intimacy. But that is far from the case. Even with fybromyalgia, you can still enjoy having sexual intercourse. It is simply a matter of finding the right position. For example, if you are one who has low back pain, then comfortable positions for you may be to have your partner on top or on his or her side. If you have hip pain, you might use a pillow between your knees to stabilize your body during sexual intercourse.
Remember, nothing has to be done the same way every time. Variety is the spice of life. Try different positions until you find the one most comfortable for you. You will need to be patient, take it slowly, and discover those positions that suit you best. Then you can enjoy being intimate without the pain.
A WARM BATH AS A PRELUDE
A warm bath or any type of moist heat can help with fybromyalgia symptoms. Heat increases blood flow to the site and decreases stiffness. Since stiffness can also put a damper on an intimate moment, ridding yourself of this symptom is important. Not only does a warm bath help de-stress you but it can temporarily alleviate muscle stiffness, muscle pain or tender point pain, reduce muscle spasms, and decrease inflammation. Soak for about 15 minutes to achieve the full effect. Other types of moist heat are a hot tub, Jacuzzi, warm shower, warm whirlpool, or warm swimming pool. In fact, this is a great way to have foreplay and may heat up more than just those sore muscles.
STRESS AND LOW LIBIDO
Stress is another culprit in the series of intimacy breakers. Stress will bring on a fybromyalgia flare-up faster than anything and deflate any libido you have left. To manage stress in your life, use a combination of exercises, relaxation techniques, a good sleep schedule, and proper nutrition. Applying these techniques and others will control the symptoms, balance your daily life, and boost your libido.
If you have fybromyalgia, check with your doctor to see if there are any medications you can use that will relieve symptoms and boost your libido. If you have other conditions along with the fybromyalgia, treating those conditions will improve your overall health and help with any libido problems.
For some, this topic is hard to discuss but the fact is fybromyalgia does not mean the end to intimacy. It may mean talking to your doctor to see what medicines are available to help boost libido. It may mean adapting a different lifestyle to promote overall health. It may mean using certain techniques to relax, sooth, and relieve symptoms. But all in all, if you try to apply a little creativity to the situation, the end result will be enjoyable intimacy and better relationships.
And that is not just me talking. There are a lot of people out there who would agree. There are a lot of relationships who would benefit from these little tips, especially those who have a partner suffering from fybromyalgia.