Chronic pain compromises sexual life

Headaches, backache, muscle and bones ache. Chronic pain, which comes back or never completely disappears, can become part of our life by invading all its daily aspects. Including the sexual sphere. A Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa Israel study investigated 709 patients with chronic pain. Of these, 404 (249 (61.6%) men and 155 (38.4%) women) admitted having problems in their sexual life because of pain. According to the research authors, sexual dysfunctions related to chronic pain is an under-diagnosed problem. Often those suffering from it are ashamed to discuss the issue with their physician and tend to receive treatment only for the chronic pain, and not for the related sexual dysfunctions. These findings highlight the importance of increasing the awareness of sexual diseases in patients with chronic pain.

Gruenwald, H., Adler, T., Haddad, M., Leiba, R., and Eisenberg, E., Sexual Dysfunction in Patients with Chronic Pain, Urology and Nephrology Open Access Journal (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018