Diabetes and Your Sex Life

If you have 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 health care provider for help.

Sexual problems women may have

Women with 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


Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about diabetes and sex.

Sexual problems men may have

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

  • Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED: It is when a man can no longer have or keep an erection. Men who have diabetes often have ED at younger ages than men without diabetes.
  • Retrograde ejaculation: This 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 diabetes


Tell your health care provider about any sexual problems you may have from diabetes.

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