Chapter 6: Maintaining Your Overall Health Diabetes and Intimacy Intimacy and sexual function are an important part of life. But over time, high blood glucose can contribute to physical problems that affect intimacy, such as erectile dysfunction (ED). The good news is that ED can be treated. What You Can Do If you are experiencing ED, talk to your health care provider. It may be that your diabetes management plan needs changes. Your health care provider might also prescribe a medication specifically for ED. Vaginal Dryness Vaginal dryness is twice as common in women with diabetes as it is in women without diabetes and is one of the main reasons women with diabetes have discomfort during sex. It’s also a result of aging and is very common among women who are menopausal or postmenopausal. In the cases of vaginal dryness resulting from menopause, a lack of estrogen can be the cause of dryness, and problems may be treated with medications prescribed by your health care provider. Better lubrication may be one solution. However, researchers don’t understand exactly why women’s bodies lose the ability to self-lubricate when menopause isn’t the cause. Each woman’s individual medical situation needs to be carefully discussed with her health care provider to make the best decision for her. 54 If You’re Thinking of Pregnancy Diabetes can also increase risk to a mother and baby during pregnancy, so be sure to talk with your health care provider any time you have concerns about your blood glucose and its impact on your health and quality of life.
Living Well with Diabetes
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