Sex Related Complications In Diabetes

sex related complications in diabetes

Diabetes patients find themselves asking lots of questions such as how to lower the blood sugar levels, how to lose weight and what to eat. Have you also wondered about how diabetes could affect your sex life? According to medical experts, high blood sugar levels can trigger damages to your blood vessels and nerves and this in turn can obstruct the normal flow of blood to the genitalia and thus, inhibit their proper functioning.  Here are some of the most common sex related complications in diabetes.

Decrease in Libido

The reason behind a decrease in libido among people with diabetes is mainly because of a lack of energy, fatigue, depression, as well as hormonal changes. This may also be due to the anti-hypertensive medications that many diabetes patients administer due to having high blood pressure.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Experts found that about 75 percent of men and 36 percent of females experience sexual problems as a result of diabetic neuropathy, also known as damages to the nerves. The reason is because high level of blood sugar can damage the nerves which exhibit sexual response.

Erectile Dysfunction

This is a common sexual problem among men with diabetes, which is also known as impotence. This condition develops as a result of the damages to the nerves or the blood vessels in the male sex organ. Aside from this, fear and stress can also lead to erectile dysfunction.

Retrograde Ejaculation

For men with diabetes, the sphincter muscle can be damaged when the semen flows backward into the bladder instead of flowing out of the penis. High level of blood glucose can damage the sphincter muscle as well as the nerves controlling it. Therefore, the sphincter will not close properly hence allowing for a backflow of semen to the bladder.

Vaginal Dryness

The main cause of vaginal dryness is not yet known. However, it seems that the damage of the blood vessels as a result of diabetes can be the reason for dryness in certain cases.

Other Infections

Diabetes can lead to several vaginal inflammation and infection and this can make sexual activities seem uncomfortable. Common examples are urinary tract infection (UTI) and yeast infection.

If you are suffering from any of the complications above, consult your doctor for possible treatment or medication. Controlling your blood sugar level can help to prevent these sex related complications in diabetes.

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  • over the past year [been diagnosed for 2 years] I have completely lost interest in sex,my brain wants it, my body cant be bothered, I am very uncomfortable inside and when I plucked up courage to see my gp [a lady doc] she basically laughed and said diabetes wont cause any sexual lose of libido it was due to my age and if things hurt that was what was causing it, nothing to do with the diabetes at all, wished I hadnt bothered talking to her, I have had very high blood sugars and they have been very unstable, I take 3 lots of diabetes meds plus blood pressure and heart tabs as well, my bloods seem ok at the moment at between 5 and 10 [measuring 3 times a day] just decided to accept my life has changed completely.

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