The chronic pain and fatigue associated with lupus can affect more than your health; many patients find that their condition interferes with their sexual relationships, as well.
Reasons for that include lupus flare-ups, pain, fatigue, side effects from medication, and self-image issues. And that's on top of the day-to-day responsibilities that come with having a chronic illness, as well as the routine tasks of life.
But don't give up on your sex life. There are things you can do to make it more...
The number of people who have lupus varies
widely among different countries and among different populations within
countries. Lupus is present in as many as 1 out of every 250 black women; it is
present in 1 out of every 1,000 white women.2 Lupus
occurs more often in Hispanic, Native American, and Asian people than in
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Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
May 7, 2010
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