The most important way of dealing with sexual difficulties is to discuss your feelings with your loved one.When MS begins affecting your sexual desire, talk to your partner.Confiding in your partner deepens intimacy and may help resolve concerns relating to sexual intimacy.

Of these new cases, black patients had a 47% greater likelihood of MS compared to white patients.

Results also showed that Hispanics had a 50% reduced risk compared to white patients, and Asians had a 80% lower chance than whites.

Seventy percent of MS cases occurred among females, the researchers said.

The research was conducted by Kaiser Permanente and was published in the journal Neurology.

The results contradict the widely believed notion that black people are less vulnerable to the disease.

The electronic health records of over 3.5 million members of Kaiser Permanente Southern California were analyzed from the beginning of 2008 to the end 2011.

A total of 496 patients newly diagnosed with MS were identified.

Changes in sexual function can occur as a result of the neurologic and psychological affects of multiple sclerosis.

Sexual arousal begins in the central nervous system, as the brain sends messages to the sexual organs along the nerve pathway in the spinal cord.

MS-related changes to these nerve pathways can directly or indirectly impair sexual functioning.

For example, the following symptoms can occur as a direct result of myelin breakdown in the spinal cord or brain: Talk to your partner about your sexual issues and multiple sclerosis.