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  Oct 16, 2018

Fibromyalgia and Sex Life

Fibromyalgia is one of the commonest chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders. It is defined by the American College of Rheumatology as widespread pain for over 3 months duration and pain on palpation over at least 11 of 18 tender point sites throughout the body.

Apart from pain and tenderness, the condition is also characterized by other symptoms such as sleep problems, fatigue, depression, anxiety, memory and concentration loss, headaches etc.

These symptoms taken together may affect a person’s daily living activities to a significant extent. It thus affects the quality of life in significant negative terms.

Fibromyalgia is more common among women with a seven to nine times higher prevalence. The prevalence in women is 3.4% compared with 0.5% in men.

Furthermore the prevalence of FM rises steadily with age from <1% in women aged 18 to 30 years to almost 8% in women aged 55 to 64 years.

Negative association between fibromyalgia and sexual functions

There have been several studies that have shown a negative association between sexual functions in women with fibromyalgia compared to those who do not have this condition.

Understanding this association is of importance for th