Diabetes and sexual function

Diabetes is a disease that affects the entire body system and that includes the sexual functioning of an individual as well. If you are diabetic and having sexual problems, it is better to consult your physician.

Both men and women are affected. Men who suffer from diabetes can have a problem with impotence. It occurs in both the types of diabetes, the type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In the case of women, they may find it difficult to have an orgasm.

How it affects the sexual function?

  1. Leads to the hardening and narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the spongy (erectile) tissue of the male reproductive organ. This tissue swells and stiffens the male reproductive organ during an erection. The decreased blood flow maycause erectile problems. Male reproductive organ, for example, may be less rigid during erection.
  2. In the case of women diabetes can harden the blood vessels in the birth canal wall. Due to the decreased blood flow due to diabetes, the birth canal may remain too dry during arousal.
  3. Also dryness of birth canal and high blood sugar levels gives scope to recurring yeast infections among women. Women may not be easily aroused and have less sensitivity to touching and stroking.
  4. Again in women, diabetes and menopause may cause a decrease in birth canal blood supply due to low estrogen levels; vaginal secretions are less acidic and less protective, which may lower the resistance to normal bacteria in the birth canal, increasing the risk of yeast infection;the increase in glucose levels also increases the risk of yeast infections.

Problem of Erectile Dysfunction and diabetes

  • A common problem faced by diabetics is Erectile Dysfunction. The latter means the inability to achieve or sustain an erection of sufficient rigidity for sexual intercourse. Male reproductive organ does not remain hard. It is impotence. It is erectile failure more than 75 percent of the time during attempted intercourse.
  • It is not similar to low sexual desire or having problems with ejaculation and orgasm. The quality of life is affected by this problem.
  • Sexual problems means more stress and frustration. It can cause depression at a later stage in one’s life.
  • In the case of the diabetic it occurs more often and it occurs earlier. Generally, erectile dysfunction occurs at 65, but in the case of those suffering from diabetes it can occur 10 to 15 years earlier. Even men of 30 years and younger also experience this problem.
  • Risk factors for developing erectile dysfunction are nerve damage(neuropathy),blood vessel (vascular) damage,poor blood sugar control.