Healthy Living

The Challenges of Sex and Young Onset Parkinson's Disease

Seeking sexual therapy

Women suffering from Parkinson’s disease also run a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety, resulting in an often negative perception of body image and confidence. Women with Parkinson’s may also have difficulty self-lubricating, which may often result in painful intercourse and bladder infections. Even when sexually active, many women may find it difficult to achieve orgasm.

While not enough is known about women who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and their experience with their sexual performance, it is recommended that they seek out sex therapy and physical therapy to explore and resolve major issues. It is also important to find a therapist who feels comfortable discussing these topics in depth during one-on-one or group therapy sessions.