How common is Sexual Problems in Diabetics

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 15, 2012

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  • Damage to nerves and small blood vessels cause sexual problems.
  • Men who have diabetes are quite likely to have erectile dysfunction.
  • Many women with diabetes also experience sexual problems.
  • Vaginitis is one sexual problem that is common in women with diabetes.

Diabetes is a medical condition characterised by inappropriate blood glucose levels. Blood glucose levels can have an effect on various body functions, such as your kidneys, nerves, feet, and eyes. Moreover, there can loss of libido and other sex problems in the patients.


diabetes and sexual health


Diabetes and Sexual Health

Both men and women with diabetes can develop sexual problems because of damage to nerves and small blood vessels.  The body’s response to sexual stimuli is also involuntary, governed by autonomic nerve signals that increase blood flow to the genitals and cause smooth muscle tissue to relax. Damage to these autonomic nerves can hinder normal function. Reduced blood flow resulting from damage to blood vessels can also contribute to sexual dysfunction.

Men who have diabetes are two to three times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than men who do not have diabetes. Many women with diabetes also experience sexual problems.


Sexual Problems in Men

For men, diabetes can cause damage to the nervous system over a sustained period of time, also known as diabetic neuropathy. Some of the patients damage the erectile tissue which makes it impossible for a man to achieve or maintain an erection.


Sexual Problems in Women

For women, vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) is one the sexual problems that they can face. The condition can make sex painful, and is heralded by itching or burning sensations. Cystitis is another common sexual problem for women with diabetes. In the condition, woman’s clitoris may fail to respond to stimulation.





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