Diabetes Problems in Sexual Life

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Update Date 12/05/2020
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Although people with diabetes are at higher risk for sexual problems, a 2010 study in the journal Diabetes Care found that only about 50 percent of men with diabetes and 19 percent of women diabetes mentioned to a doctor. That is why fast newly diagnosed affecting the eye, nerve, kidney and heart damage that caused by diabetes is not controlled, but almost never hear how diabetes affects sexual health. It is important for people to be open and honest with your doctor about all health problems, even with sexual function.

Low libido

Men and women experience low sexual desire is a result of poorly controlled diabetes.

Low libido in men

Erectile dysfunction

One of the sexual problems that men will face is being not capable of an erection. The estimated percentage of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes vary widely, from 20 to 75 percent. The men with diabetes can have erectile dysfunction 2-3 times more than those without diabetes.

Retrograde ejaculation

Men living with diabetes may encounter retrograde ejaculation condition in which part or all of the semen of a man go into the bladder instead of out the penis during ejaculation. Reverse ejaculation occurs when the internal muscles, called the sphincter, does not operate normally. With retrograde ejaculation, semen goes into the bladder, and leave the body during urination without damaging the bladder.

Low libido in women

Women with diabetes are also prone to bleeding problems due to nerve or blood vessel damage. Complications of diabetes can make it difficult for blood to move into the vagina and clitoris. Causes of sexual issues in women with diabetes include nerve damage, which limits the blood flow to the genital and vaginal tissue, and hormonal changes.

No orgasm

An orgasm is a sexual reward, but for people with diabetes, it can be felt as an unattainable goal. Although women, in general, have more difficulty having an orgasm than men, all with diabetes have larger difficulty. Diabetes can play a role that leads to this. Men reach orgasm more easily, which can be extremely frustrating if a man cannot continue. Like women, blood vessels of men’s nerves are damaged and the lack of blood flow makes it difficult to orgasm.


Sex is said to bring you and your partner the joy and satisfaction. Any pain can be an annoying interferer. Even if you’re shy, it is important to discuss these issues of painful sexual intercourse with a doctor.

Men with diabetes are at high risk of Peyronie’s disease, a condition in which scar tissue inside the penis causes erection curvature and pain. Penises are modified in shape, and a small curve is not a big problem. Experiencing Peyronie’s disease, the curve or bend can make sex and erection difficult and painful.

Vaginal dryness is one of the main reasons that make women with diabetes suffer pain during sex. Whether that comes in the form of estrogen therapy for women that dryness is a side effect of menopause or lubricant over-the-counter. Women with diabetes are also at greater risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs) and vaginal yeast infections, which may lead to painful sex.

Having an unsatisfactory sexual life? If you can find healthcare, you fought half the battle. Depending on the degree of sexual dysfunction, you may see improvement by getting your blood sugar levels in control; also, keeping your blood sugar in line can help prevent damage.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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