There can also be a weight concern that is associated with lower sexual activity.
Patients were found to experience depression and express greater concern for their bodies.
That makes the issue of sexuality "kind of abstract and 'out there' and not really a part of you," Rose said.
The other reason might be that the subject can be uncomfortable. I know things are happening and I know this exists, but am I supposed to assume the role with this patient? Patients feel discomfort when approaching the subject as well, even though they see sexualized images all the time in the media and elsewhere in their daily lives.
Twenty percent experienced problems with their self-image.(1) It is important to think about how you perceive yourself in your own environment, in relation to your partner and family.
Sexuality is often overlooked as a topic of discussion in the healthcare system. " Rose explained how infrequently sexuality or sexual functioning is addressed with patients.A patient may think that it is best to keep this issue to themselves since it's a personal issue and they are afraid of how people are going to react if they discuss such issues.Sexuality in those with lupus is impacted in two primary ways: physical and emotional.At this session of the SLE Workshop at HSS, Jillian Rose, LMSW and Suzy Kim, LCSW discussed the effects of sex, sexuality, and intimacy for people living with SLE (lupus).Rose and Kim explored the physical, psychological, and emotional challenges around sex and intimacy, and provided some practical strategies and tools for both individuals and couples.