Although those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease are prone to sexual dysfunction, many authorities believe poor sexual health is not always a side effect of the disease.
“Sexual dysfunction has not been extensively investigated, however, a number of studies have shown a high prevalence of decreased libido, orgasmic dysfunction in both men and women with PD, and erectile dysfunction in male subjects.” *
While cases of Parkinson’s Disease severely affect the central nervous system and therefore can affect the ability to obtain an erection, studies are finding that biological causes are not always the most accurate.
Parkinson’s Disease negatively affects the nervous system and therefore affects a man’s ability to obtain or retain an erection, can jeopardize blood flow to the penis, and can sometimes cause rigidity or pain during sexual encounters. Depression is also a side effect seen in patients with Parkinson’s Disease, but may be caused more by the fear and anxiety of being diagnosed with the disease.
Because many patients experience depression after a diagnosis, doctors will usually suggest an anti-depressant to help manage the depression. In most cases, however, anti-depressants can be a primary cause of sexual dysfunction.
This is why it’s important to speak with your doctor about appropriate or alternative options for your sexual health concerns, if diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or Clinical Depression..
Problems with erectile dysfunction? You may want to contact Boston Medical Group to explore treatment.
* Source: Bhattacharyya KB,RG Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, India.