Living With Fibromyalgia

How might my need for intimacy change with fibromyalgia?

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  • Because of the pain and/or fatigue associated with fibromyalgia, you may find that you are less interested in sexual intimacy, too tired to engage in it, or unable to be intimate because it is too painful. This can be difficult, but there are ways to cope. You may find that you prefer other forms of intimacy, such as kissing, cuddling, oral sex, gentle massage, or any activity that makes you feel close and connected, emotionally and physically, to your partner.
  • ADr. Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Your need for intimacy may not change at all if you have fibromyalgia. What may change is the type of intimacy you desire and enjoy. Having sex requires energy, which you may have in limited supply. If you and your partner have engaged in vigorous lovemaking in the past, you may need to agree to dial down the intensity a notch or two. Also, people with fibromyalgia sometimes find that certain sexual positions they once found pleasurable now cause intense pain. Experimenting to find more comfortable positions may help you continue enjoying intimacy. Keep this in mind: Communication is the best sexual aid money can't buy. You and your partner should be honest and open about your needs and desires.
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