Author(s): Yoshino S, Uchida S
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Abstract A questionnaire concerning sexual problems was given to 112 female rheumatoid arthritic (RA) patients. Replies were collected from 91 (81\%). The results indicated that 1) recently married patients were concerned about pregnancy; 2) the sexual desire of most patients diminished, and intercourse became less frequent and less satisfying; 3) affected hip and knee joints made it difficult to assume sexual intercourse positions; and 4) patients who had unsatisfying sexual relationship reported a decreased demand for intercourse by their spouses and diminished frequency of their own orgasms. To lead a fulfilling married life, patients with RA should be counselled to adopt a positive attitude toward sexual relationship with their husbands.
This article was published in Arch Phys Med Rehabil
and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation