Monday, October 12, 2009

Impact of RA on Intimate Relationships

Hi Everyone,
The following is a quote from Reuters:
- 68 percent of women living with rheumatoid arthritis look for new pain relief therapies to help them cope
- Almost 60 percent of women in the U.S. living with rheumatoid arthritis find intimate relations painful
- Rheumatoid arthritis played a role in 25 percent of divorces amongst women with the disease
A new survey of U.S. women living with rheumatoid arthritis RA)published today reveals that RA has a clear emotional impact on people living with the disease, with loss of self-confidence seen in their sex lives, in the workplace, and in their social lives. Survey findings suggest that almost 60 percent of women living with RA in the U.S. feel less self confident in their sex-life and over a third consistently find intimate relations painful, or have even stopped altogether.
For the full article go to, click Arthritis and RA in the News.
What I know for sure: All of us with RA can support one another and help when it's not a 'Good Day.'
K x


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can tell you what the impact of serious RA, the kind that won't go into remission and is only chronic and getting worse despite the best medical care possible, is on relationships from the point of view of the healthy caregiver spouse.

It's brutalizing.

November 30, 2009 10:53 AM  

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