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Chronic Illness and Sexual Intimacy

Chronic illness doesn’t have to have negative effects on your relationship and sexual satisfaction.

Having a chronic illness such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia can take a toll on intimate relationships. The partner who is sick may be coping with many changes in how he or she feels. And the person who is not sick may not know how to handle the changes.

Chronic illness may strain relationships

Stress and misunderstanding associated with chronic illness may push partners to their breaking points. Even in the best intimate relationships, chronic illness could create problems.

Studies have shown that marriages where one spouse is chronically ill may be more likely to fail. One 20-year study of older couples found a divorce rate of 31% when one partner is chronically sick, according to researchers from the University of Michigan.

Read more at UpWell.

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