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Sexuality in Parkinson’s disease 

Sexuality in Parkinson’s disease
Chapter:
Sexuality in Parkinson’s disease
Source:
Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (2 ed.)
Author(s):

Orna Moore

, Gila Bronner

, Sharon Hassin-Baer

, and Nir Giladi

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199684243.003.0018

Sexuality is a key aspect of the personality and behaviour of every human being, encompassing basic needs for contact, intimacy, emotional expression, pleasure, tenderness and love. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common multisystem disorder frequently associated with sexual dysfunction (SD). In a life restricted by illness, sexuality can be a powerful source of comfort, pleasure and an affirmation of gender when other gender roles have been stripped away. Given the high prevalence of SD among couples with PD, healthcare providers should play a major role in advocating sexual health rights and treat sexual health issues as part of the holistic management of PD. In this chapter the effects of PD on the sexuality of patients and their partners, and present various treatment options are reviewed. The authors describe their experience with the implementation of sexual counselling services within the framework of a PD centre.

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