Sex is a natural part of the human experience. People living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may face concerns about its impact on their ability to have and enjoy sex. In this section, you will learn about PD-specific challenges for men and women and various therapies and treatments to work through them.
“Sexual health is the fundamental right of each person to enjoy and control his/her sexual and reproductive behavior in accordance with social and personal ethics,” states the World Health Organization, 2004. The Tel Aviv movement disorders center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence believes in helping their patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in all facets of life, including sexual health.
- There may be a frustration and sexual inadequacy in intimate relationships or a more pervasive loss of self-esteem.
- While some couples easily accept limitations or cessation of sexual activity caused by chronic illness, others alteration of sexual functioning can cause a significant emotional crisis.
- It is important to remember that sexual functioning is only one dimension of sexuality and intimacy.
- Sexuality and intimacy can be a time of gentle relaxation for patients, when sharing and touching can improve their sense of well-being.
Who’s talking about sex and Parkinson’s disease? Despite the challenges that some people with Parkinson’s face in regards to sexuality and intimacy (one study showed 87 percent of people with PD experience some sort of issue related to sexuality) the conversation on the topic has been sparse.