Living well with lupus

I am struggling to be intimate with my partner. What can I do?

Though intimacy can be challenging with lupus, it is possible to keep intimacy and tenderness between partners. Good communication will help counter negative self-perceptions or feelings of rejection, and can keep an amorous spark alive even if sexual activity wanes. Other forms of physical contact—gentle massage, tender touching, a loving embrace—can provide intimacy without intercourse. If problems persist, couples should consider seeking the help of a professional. A physician can evaluate any medical aspects that may be interfering with sexual functioning while a licensed therapist can help you improve communication with your partner, as well as offer other suggestions.

Medically reviewed on March 03, 2014