Osteoarthritis occurs throughout the world and in all
population groups. Osteoarthritis is equally common in men and women, but women
tend to develop symptoms earlier. People may either have symptoms of
osteoarthritis or have evidence of osteoarthritis on an X-ray.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it is a major reason
people become disabled and dependent on others as they get older.1
If you have arthritis, there are plenty of reasons why you might not feel like having sex. Painful or stiff joints and limited mobility may make sex seem more like a chore than a pleasure. You may feel self conscious about changes in your body. Or you may simply feel too fatigued at the end of the day to think about anything more than getting a good night’s sleep.
But having arthritis doesn’t have to mean an end to your sex life. Sex is an important part of our identity. It lets us connect more...