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In Bonnie Michael’s famous words, “sex is natural, sex is good.” Of course, we know the obvious: when the mood is right and the chemistry is there, sex can be unbelievably awesome.
From lowering blood pressure to helping reduce stress and anxiety, sex offers plenty of health benefits. But if you’re one of the more than 200 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes, sex may not be so good for you. A renowned doctor explains how diabetes can affect your desire or ability to enjoy sex. And she gives you tips to help you get back to having fun in the bedroom.

Sexual side effects of diabetes –
“Sexual dysfunction includes any problem that occurs within the sexual response cycle.” “Everything from having an erection to low libido can be a problem for people with diabetes.” An trustworthy note that while most studies focus on sexual dysfunction in men with diabetes, the disease also affects women. With both genders, the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to experience some type of sexual dysfunction.

If you have diabetes, in addition to any of these symptoms, it may be related to –

Low (or no) libido –

Do you make excuses for headaches more often than not to stop having sex?

Inability to stimulate –
Doesn’t he wake up like before? Or have you stocked up on lubricant because you use it up so fast?

Loss of sensitivity –
Are you going through the motions without the promise of orgasm?

Pain related to intercourse –
Do you avoid sex because it just hurts?

Infection –
Have you experienced vaginitis or urinary tract infections on a regular basis?

Diabetes increases the risk of sexual dysfunction: why
There are several reasons why people with diabetes experience sexual dysfunction more often than the general public.
“Fatness, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and depression are common conditions that occur with diabetes.” “Fatness can indirectly cause erectile dysfunction (ED). Sleep apnea can cause erectile dysfunction in men or put women at increased risk of sexual difficulties. Depression and nervousness also harmfully affect libido or can lead to use of drugs that affect sexual interest or function.

Emotional health problems –
Men and women who use an insulin pump can feel self-conscious. Additionally, the time and energy required to manage diabetes and related conditions can affect emotional health. This can lead to a loss of interest in sex or the use of a drug that negatively affects sexual function.

Hormonal changes –
Changes in testosterone or estrogen (due to diabetes, menopause, or concurrent conditions) can affect libido, lubrication, and the ability to become sexually aroused.

Low blood flow –
The most dominant cause, diabetes, affects blood flow, which can affect blood reaching the penis or vagina. In order for a man to get and maintain an erection, he needs blood to flow to the penis. In women, decreased blood flow may play a role in vaginal dryness.

Diabetes doesn’t have to mess up your sex life –
The causes of sexual dysfunction are different for each person. Your provider’s role is to dig into things to get to the bottom of the cause of the concerns. But some people go years without telling their doctor.

According to a renowned doctor, about 80% of patients reported that if a doctor asks them about sexual activity, they prefer it, so they don’t need to bring it up. If your provider does not ask you about your sex life, express any concerns because sex is an important component of a high quality of life. The MD says providers will ask a series of questions to determine the cause of the sexual dysfunction. Your provider will also do a physical exam. This approach helps your doctor determine what may be causing it and how it can be treated.

“There are treatment options for both men and women.” You may not have immediate success, but keep talking with your care team about moving on to the next option.

Bottom Line –
If you feel sad and angry about your sex life, you cannot enjoy emotional and physical closeness, and you also feel that your relationship with your partner is at stake and broken, then you should consult a sexologist. It is always a good idea to take your health seriously and make your sex life more comfortable.

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