Sexual Health Q&A

What can be done to help people with epilepsy who want to have sex?

While people with epilepsy may experience some sexual issues, most problems can be treated.

  • Talk to a doctor or specialist. This is an important first step. A doctor can reassess medications and side effects. A man’s erectile dysfunction may be treated with medication or special devices. A woman’s vaginal dryness may be remedied with a personal lubricant. Changes in desire could be addressed by an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in hormones.

Counseling is another option. Depression, anxiety, and stress can all take a toll on sexual health and seeing counselor or sex therapist may help couples work through their sexual and/or relationship issues.

 

  • Talk to the partner. Talking openly about the possible sexual implications of epilepsy may help couples understand each other and bring them closer together.
  • Education about epilepsy. Many people with epilepsy – and their partners – feel nervous about having sex because they’re afraid it might trigger a seizure. Knowing and understanding as much as possible about epilepsy can be a powerful tool for reducing this anxiety. Partners should know what to do if there is a seizure, regardless of whether it happens during sex or in another setting.