MS symptoms, such as fatigue, pain and problems with mobility, can affect your sex life but there are treatments to help. Problems can include a dry vagina, and difficulty getting an erection. There are medicines to treat both conditions. You may also be able to access counselling to help talk through problems with your partner. Ask a GP for more information.
See our section on living with MS for more information.
Doctors don’t know what causes MS. But it’s thought that you may get it if you have a certain combination of genes, and you’re exposed to certain environmental triggers. These triggers include things like smoking and having too little vitamin D. Getting infected with the Epstein–Barr virus (glandular fever) has also been linked to an increased risk of MS.
See our section on causes of MS for more information.
MS can affect people at any age, but it usually starts when people are in their 20s, 30s or 40s. It’s rare to develop MS under the age of 10 or over the age of 60.
See our section ‘About MS’ for more information.
One of the first signs of MS is developing problems with your sight and other senses. You may have problems with your sight in one eye. And your arms and legs may feel weak, which can affect how you walk.
See our section on symptoms of MS for more information.
MS symptoms depend on which part of your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) is affected and can vary from person to person. Symptoms include problems with sight and extreme tiredness (fatigue). You may also get numbness or tingling in your skin, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing.
See our section on symptoms of MS for more information.
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