Open communication and understanding are the best remedies for relationship and sexual problems. Professional counselling or medical treatment can also help. However, always see your doctor if you are concerned about your medical condition, treatment, sexuality or sexual relationship. Our sexual response and function are controlled by our motor and autonomic nervous systems. However, medication can diminish sexual desire and reduce sexual response.
Parkinson's disease and sexual issues - Better Health Channel
But as specialists Gila Bronner and Orna Moore explain, open channels of communication are essential for a decent quality of life. Intimacy is an important aspect of human behaviour that involves communication, physical and emotional closeness, and interpersonal interaction. Sexuality is one of the primary manifestations of intimacy. It is a complex process that is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychosocial, economic, political and cultural factors. While some couples easily accept limited intimacy or the cessation of sexual activity, for others it can lead to a significant reduction in their quality of life. Motor impairment such as rigidity, tremor, immobility in bed or difficulty in fine finger movement may impair the touch needed for intimate moments hugging, kissing, caressing and sexual activity. Other symptoms of the disease such as excessive sweating, drooling and gait disturbances make people feel less attractive, while masked faces can be interpreted as showing a lack of affection or desire.
Hypersexuality in Parkinson's Disease: Systematic Review and Report of 7 New Cases
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From lack of sexual desire to low libido to difficulties with orgasmic functioning, this chronic, progressive, neurological disease can impair your sexuality in one way or the other. Couples can minimize any disruptions to their lovemaking in knowing how to effectively deal with the problems that can arise. Since dopamine is a chemical that transmits signals between parts of the brain that usually coordinate smooth muscle movement, this is critical to sexual function on two fronts. First, this dopamine drop may result in a decreased sex drive and sexual interest. The antidepressant medications that may be administered can also result in sexual dysfunction.