Fibromyalgia: Possible Problems in Sexual Relationships

The fibromyalgia is one of the pathologies with woman’s face, that is, these are the most vulnerable to suffer from it. A disorder whose main symptoms are fatigue and continuous muscle aches, that others may also have difficulty sleeping, headache, generalized or localized stiffness in the morning, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, digestive disturbances, difficulty concentrating or painful menstrual periods.


Fibromyalgia does not affect physical level, also emotional. Thus, fatigue and continued pain, can affect the quality of life of the sufferer and their mood. People with fibromyalgia are more vulnerable to episodes of anxiety, sadness or depression. Fibromyalgia also evolves in outbreaks, with phases of improvement and worsening. All this makes living with fibromyalgia is not always easy. In fact, we are dealing with a disorder that can affect the couple relationships.

How fibromyalgia affects sexuality
Can Fibromyalgia involve lack of libido? The answer is yes, and in fact, as the experts point out, it is common. Both by the disease itself, as by the side effects of the medication that is used.

All this can cause the libido to be diminished.

Fibromyalgia is not a degenerative disease, but it is chronic, and therein lays its impact, how it can affect or limit the patient’s quality of life, affecting different aspects. Negative consequences that can lead to a deterioration of the health and have a significant impact on family life and relationships with the couple. In this case it is important to approach the disease from the point of view of psychology, which may provide tools that help to control the impact of fibromyalgia. From the attention in the focus of pain to the negative thoughts on how to deal with the disease are aspects that should work because largely determine the level of quality of life of the patients.

Fibromyalgia and libido
Sexuality is very vulnerable to emotional changes and, in particular, to negative emotional states. And if we add to the pain and fatigue, the main disadvantage will be the libido, in all phases of sexual intercourse (can lead to difficulties for the organism, dyspaurenia during intercourse, vaginismus). Many factors influence the loss of sexual desire:

  • Increased sensitivity to rubbing and fear of pain
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Negative thoughts on personal image
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties to concentrate on the pleasurable sensations
  • Influence of medications.

The learning relaxation techniques, meditation or breathing can be helpful in reducing anxiety and pain, as well as to channel emotions such as sadness, anger or anxiety.