Multiple Sclerosis and Sex

Alternative positioning multiple sclerosis sex with the IntimateRider and RiderMate will relieve discomfort of fatigue and weakness.

Everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis experiences sexual issues relating to MS. The IntimateRider gives couples living with MS a fun solution to a more active sex life.

The IntimateRider is:

-Easy to use

-Relieve stress on joints

-Reduce muscle fatigue

-Increase stamina

-Discover fun new positions

How does the IntimateRider work?

The magic is the combination of seat height, seat depth and the geometry of the gliding action. It was designed by a C6-C7 quadriplegic with limited arm movement and no trunk or leg muscle control. If you can brace your arm against your leg, your partner’s body or something next to you, the IntimateRider will move with very little pushing effort causing your pelvis to move for easy thrusting. It’s important to position your legs so they bend at the knees and your partner’s body helps keep them stable.

Is it stable?

It is very stable once you are in the unit it was designed to be very difficult to tip over. You must be careful during the transfer because it is a short seat.

Is it easy to transfer onto the IntimateRider?

If you can transfer in and out of a car or on and off a standard height toilet seat you should be able to transfer on and off to the IntimateRider. It helps to position the unit close to the bed or something you can use for support if you need to. The seat is short so you will want to take it slow. We have many quadriplegics who can transfer by themselves who use it with ease

I am concerned about pressure sores. What would you suggest?

Everything in moderation. We would not advise spending hours on the IntimateRider. You should not use the IntimateRider if you have a pressure sore as this may irritate it more. If your bottom is healthy and you are using a Rider Cushion you should have no problem. We advise using it for only a few minutes the first few times and then inspect to see if you are experiencing any redness or discomfort and discontinue use is there is a problem. Confronting the challenges of MS draws many couples closer together. Talking about problems and developing solutions can deepen both partners sense of intimacy. Do not give up the pleasure and emotional intimacy and be sure to discuss any of these issues about your sexual relationship with your partner and health care professional.

The fact is that many people with MS enjoy a satisfying sex life because of solutions like the IntimateRider.

Here are a few more tips.

•Oral or injectable medication, vacuum devices or implants are treatments for erectile dysfunction

•Pain can be controlled with medication

•Spasticity can be reduced with medication, cold packs and stretching or massage

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National MS Society