Last updated: May 14, 2008
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But there are some studies to show you that sex might be very helpful as far as decreasing some discomfort. The key is to let patients know that the physical and emotional concerns related to sexuality and arthritis are real, and that they can weigh heavily on the enjoyment of life, but that thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs will definitely have a major effect on the overall outcome.
The other thing is just to let patients know that to touch, for the pure pleasure of it, can increase endorphins and other enzymes and proteins that can help with pain relief.