Sexual Life of Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Qualitative Study
Yılmaz, S.D.; Gumus, H.; Odabas, F.O.; Akkurt, H.E.; Yılmaz, H.
Objectives: To define the thoughts, emotions, experiences and perceptions of women with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to determine sexual, physical, and emotional effects of MS on patients. Methods: Twenty-one women were included into this qualitatively designed study. Results: Three baseline themes were defined as “uncertainty” arising from complaints due to numbness in extremities and loss of sense, balance or vision, “alterations in sexual life,” and “inability” as a result of deformities in maarital status and gender role. Conclusion: Healthcare providers should evaluate MS patients meticulously as to sexual life and refer such patients to appropriate health centers. © 2017 Taylor & Francis.... Show more Show less