Female Sexual Health

Do not hesitate to address libido and other changes to female sexual health with your gynecologist.

Do not hesitate to address libido and other changes to female sexual health with your gynecologist.

How can Parkinson’s disease (PD) influence female sexual health?

  • In women, Parkinson’s may impact libido (the desire to have sex) more than performance.
  • PD may affect fertility. However, several young women with PD 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 Parkinson’s medications.

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