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Type 2 Diabetes and Your Sex Life

Learn How Type 2 Diabetes May Affect Your Sex Life
Learn How Type 2 Diabetes May Affect Your Sex Life

If you have type 2 diabetes, you are at risk for problems related to having sex.

This may affect you and your partner. Having sexual problems can be frustrating. Sometimes it is hard to talk about your feelings. Ask your doctor for help.

Sexual problems women may have

Women with type 2 diabetes can have nerve damage to the cells that line the vagina.

This can cause:

  • Dryness in the vagina
  • Pain during sex
  • Less desire for sex
  • Trouble having sex

Sexual problems men may have

There are 2 common problems that men with type 2 diabetes can have from nerve damage:

  • Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, is when a man can no longer have or keep an erection. Men who have diabetes often have ED at a younger age than men without diabetes
  • Retrograde ejaculation is when part of the semen is sent into the bladder, instead of out of the penis. This happens when muscles that open and close to allow passage of fluids do not work well

Ways you can help prevent sexual problems from type 2 diabetes

  • Eat healthier
  • Be physically active
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol close to your target numbers
  • Take medicine as prescribed by your doctor
  • Talk with your partner about any problems you are having