What common challenges arise in intimacy between people with Parkinson’s and their partner?
Unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease impacts so much of everyday life, including intimate relationships. Intimacy is not just limited to sexual contact; it is a sense of connection and belonging. Healthy intimate relationships offer us a safe place, both physically and psychologically. When a challenge arises that impairs our ability to be intimate, many areas of our life can suffer.
Parkinson’s disease and the medications used to treat this condition come with a range of negative effects on our ability to be intimate: physical, psychological, and relational. Physically, many of those with Parkinson’s experience low libido, fatigue, poor sexual coordination (sometimes resulting in pain), premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and difficulty reaching orgasm.