The Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 67–69 | Cite as

Sexual function in multiple sclerosis. A 5-year follow-up study

  • E. Stenager
  • E. N. Stenager
  • K. Jensen
Original Articles


Sexual dysfunction is known to occur in multiple sclerosis (MS). The purpose of the study is to describe the change in sexual function and symptoms in a longitudinal study. Forty-nine patients (27 females, 22 males) with definite MS were interviewed and examined with 5 years interval. The number of patients with sexual dysfunction increased significantly (p=0.009) and involved females and males equally. Males usually had 1 or two symptoms of sexual dysfunction, while females frequently had 2 or more symptoms. It is concluded that the risk of sexual dysfunction increases over time. Further studies in treatment possibilities are needed.

Key Words

Multiple sclerosis Sexual function Symptom 


È noto che disfunzioni sessuali possono verificarsi in pazienti con sclerosi multipla (SM). Questo studio si propone di descriverne l'occorrenza attraverso una analisi longitudinale. Quarantanove pazienti (27 femmine e 22 maschi) con SM definita sono stati intervistati ed esaminati due volte a 5 anni di distanza. Il numero di pazienti con disfunzioni sessuali risultò significativamente aumentato (p=0.009) senza significative differenze tra maschi e femmine. I maschi presentavano usualmente uno o due sintomi di disfunzione sessuale mentre le femmine ne avevano frequentemente due o più. Si conclude che il rischio di disfunzioni sessuali aumenta nel tempo. Ulteriori studi sono necessari sulle possibilità di trattamento.


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© Masson S.p.A. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Stenager
    • 1
  • E. N. Stenager
    • 1
  • K. Jensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Neuro-Psychiatric Research UnitOdense University HospitalOdenseDenmark

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