How is Sexual Health in Women with PD affected?
- In women, Parkinson’s disease may impact libido (the desire to have sex) more than performance.
- PD may affect fertility. However, several young women have successfully carried pregnancies to term and delivered healthy babies.
- Taking levodopa during pregnancy has not been shown to have negative effects on the development of the fetus.
- However, taking amantadine and selegiline has shown negative effects on fetal development.
- The onset of PD during the perimenopausal years of hormone fluctuations can be particularly challenging because hot flashes and drenching sweat could be part of the wearing-off phenomena as well as just part of the normal symptoms of being perimenopausal.
- It is important to work with a gynecologist and a neurologist to best combine hormone replacement therapy and antiparkinson’s medication
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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.