Diabetes is not an easy disease to manage. The ups and downs can make it hard to stay on top of your diet, blood glucose levels, daily exercises, and blood pressure.

For women, having diabetes may be especially hard because it can have altering effects on their sex life, causing a decreased production of vaginal lubrication, a lack of sexual interest and pain or discomfort during intercourse.

Women with diabetes may experience irritability or tiredness due to changes in blood glucose levels which may also have an impact on their sex life. Consequently, they may blame themselves or their partner for the lack of interest and this may lead to the development of angry or depressed feelings.

If you are experiencing problems with your sex life caused by diabetes, here are some tips you might consider adopting:

  • Plan ahead: Planning ahead might seem like a mood killer, but it can make you feel more relaxed. Additionally, try thinking about it as you would think of exercise. Check your blood sugar levels before having sex and have a snack if it is low.
  • Use a lubricant: If vaginal dryness is interrupting your sex life, try using a vaginal lubricant. Before adopting a vaginal lubricant regimen, consider asking your doctor for input and possible alternatives.
  • Limit alcohol consumption: Consuming alcohol at any time may alter your blood sugar levels. If you have a romantic evening planned with your loved one, limit your alcohol intake to avoid your blood sugar levels from dropping.Diabetes effects on sex life
  • Talk about it: Emotional issues may be causing a strain on your sex life. Depression, anxiety, and low-self-esteem might also be playing a bigger role than you think. Consider addressing those issues with a counselor who might be able to shed some insight and help you work through those emotional issues.

Having an open communication with your partner and voicing your concerns and feelings might help both of you understand each other’s needs and limitations. Additionally, taking daily care of your diabetes will have a positive impact on your overall health and will help you have a healthier sex life. If you would like to know more or have any questions about diabetes, call us at (210) 296-2445 or click the button below.

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For more general information visit:

https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/head2toe-15/better-sex-diabetes

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/women/women-and-diabetes-frequently-asked-questions-faqwomen-and-diabetes.html