Diabetes Articles
  • Sign Up
FacebookTwitterDiggStumbleuponGoogle BookmarksRedditLinkedinPinterest

Sex When You Have Diabetes

by Melissa Martone

Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn't properly use or produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which is a hormone needed to process sugar and starches. This disease has many side effects and can be deadly. Diabetes currently affects 7 percent of the population, and sadly the number of people with diabetes grows every day.

One of the side effects of diabetes in men can be impotence. The fact that so many people know about this possibility means that many men who are diabetic suffer needlessly with impotence. In these cases, the impotence is caused not by the disease, but by the anxiety they feel. If you're a diabetic having problems with your erections (either a softening of the erections or no erections at all), I suggest that you visit a sex therapist for several reasons:

The therapist may be able to help restore some or all of your lost functioning, if the cause isn't physical. Even without a firm erection, sexual enjoyment and ejaculation can still be satisfying. A therapist can help you explore these possibilities.

You should visit this sex counselor with your spouse because she may need reassurance that you are having these problems because of the disease, not because you no longer find her attractive or have taken an outside lover.

You should also consult with your doctor because some products on the market may be able to restore your ability to have an erection, chief among them Viagra (see Chapter 20 for more about drugs to treat impotence).

If you're not a candidate for Viagra or one of its competitors, then a penile implant may be the solution you require.

Many drugs have side effects that pertain to your sex life. The following is a list of drugs that can affect various sexual functions. Take note: These drugs will not affect everyone the same way, but if you are taking one or more of these drugs and you notice that it is affecting your sexual functioning, speak to your doctor about it. The doctor may prescribe a different drug, or perhaps a different dosage, which can restore your sexual functioning. Drugs that have been on the market for a long time are more likely to affect your sexual functioning because when pharmaceutical companies first developed these drugs, their main concern was treating the symptoms involved. Only later, as these companies tinker with the dosages, have they eliminated some of the negative side effects.

About the Author
Hello , I'm Johann Kristianson and in my free time I also write articles about Guttern Cleaning Tools and Gutter Cleaning Tools Online and Cleaning Tools

Labels: diabetes management

Read Full Article

Find out if you qualify for discount Diabetic testing supplies, free offers or other running discounts at this time.

  1. First Name*
    Enter first name
  2. Last Name*
    Enter last name
  3. Phone*
    Enter valid US phone number
  4. E-mail*
    Enter email address

By submitting this form I authorize to be contacted by telephone. Please be assured that we value and protect your privacy. Co-Pays and Deductibles may apply.

About The Diabetes Network

The Diabetes Network was developed with the idea that people living with diabetes needed a central place to go for resources as well as get ideas, suggestions and encouragement. We have put a lot of effort into this website to make it easy and fun to navigate as well as informative so that you can have a voice when it comes to managing your diabetes. Please let us know how we can improve this website to better suit your needs.

More about our Mission

We're on a mission to make the healthcare community more technologically advanced than ever before. This website adapts to fit your tablet, iPad®, iPhone®, Android® or other smartphone. Just one of the ways we are working to make life easier for those living with Diabetes. Learn More...