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How can soaking in a warm bath before sex help my fibromyalgia pain?

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Moist heat, like soaking in a warm bath, can ease fibromyalgia pain and may help you to enjoy sex -- or any exercise -- without added pain. Heat boosts blood flow and eases stiffness, a key symptom of fibromyalgia.

You might soak in a warm bath for at least 15 minutes before sex or other physical activity to get the full benefit. You may also soak in a warm bath after sex. If you can't take a bath, try a warm shower (sit on a chair, if needed), heated swimming pool, or a moist heating pad.

From: Fibromyalgia and Sex WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." Baldini, G., Andrade, P., Alqualo-Costa, R, Gallinaro, A., Lage, L. , September 2003. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Holt, 2007.


Arthritis and RheumatismThe Fibromyalgia Handbook

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SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." Baldini, G., Andrade, P., Alqualo-Costa, R, Gallinaro, A., Lage, L. , September 2003. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Holt, 2007.


Arthritis and RheumatismThe Fibromyalgia Handbook

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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