Arthritis can present challenges which can cause stress and have a negative impact on yours or your partner’s sex drive. Although your relationship may change because of arthritis, many couples find that they become closer by discussing things openly. Talk about your arthritis and its affects, the changing situation and any challenges that you face so you can arrive at a solution that’s right for both of you.
Sex won't make arthritis worse, although it may cause discomfort if your joints are painful. You can try different positions if this is the case.
If fatigue is affecting sexual desire or enjoyment of other shared activities:
If loss of self-confidence is affecting your sex life:
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