Men Support Female Partners With Fibromyalgia Despite Impact on Sexuality, Study Finds

Men Support Female Partners With Fibromyalgia Despite Impact on Sexuality, Study Finds
While fibromyalgia profoundly compromises a couple's sex life, a study has found that male partners of women diagnosed with the condition essentially respond by fostering support and fighting for the relationship. Importantly, sexuality seems to be pushed into the background after diagnosis, and there is a lack of support from health services and patients' organizations, the researchers say. For most men, standing by their partner prevails over the couple's sexual problems, and fibromyalgia is not a reason to end the relationship, the study found.

Titled "Sexuality in male partners of women with fibromyalgia syndrome: A qualitative study," the research was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by fatigue and chronic pain, and often associated with psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, emotional stress, and coping difficulties. The condition predominantly affects women, impacting their physical, psychological, and also their sexual health. Pain during sex (dyspareunia), insufficient vaginal lubrication, loss of desire, and difficulty in reaching orgasm all contribute to
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