Honestly MS: Redefining intimacy with your partner

Watch Above MS ambassadors open up about the impact of MS symptoms on their relationships in this segment of the Honestly MS series

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Remember, everyone’s experience with multiple sclerosis (MS) is different. Your healthcare provider is, and always should be, your primary source of information.

Sheri P.: My husband and I have been married for 32 years, and obviously it's been a challenge for us.

I have facial pain, and I have electrical shooting shocks when I kiss. And so that even has been—sorry, it's emotional—but that's even been taken away a little bit from me.

It's been a sad loss for us to go through, but it's something that I understand that we've had to go through, and I've talked to my doctor a lot about it.

Holly M.: I'm really fortunate to be married to a guy who is passionate. He's a passionate guy. He's passionate about loving me and loving our daughter and loving life.

So, intimacy-wise, what worked previously wasn't necessarily keeping both of us happy. Both parties want to be happy and satisfied.

Sheri P.: We carve out times that we can be close together. That might seem really strange to other people, but that's something personal for us to do.

Holly M.: Being creative is also—I don’t want to say a solution—but an option.

Sheri P.: I think if you're having some challenges, have faith and trust in your partner that they love you and they support you. Be open and honest with however you're feeling.

Holly M.: Really, I would advise people to just talk about it. And maybe it doesn't happen in just one moment. Maybe it's an ongoing conversation.

To find additional support, call an Above MS Support Coordinator at 1-800-456-2255. Hear more from Above MS ambassadors in our other Honestly MS videos.

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