Sexual dysfunction. You've seen the ads on television, you've heard the jokes, and, if you're like most men, you've tried your best to block it from your mind. But if you have diabetes, this is one touchy subject you shouldn't ignore.
Sexual problems and bladder problems are common as people age, but diabetes can make these problems worse. You or your partner may have trouble having or enjoying sex. Or, you may leak urine or have trouble emptying your bladder normally.
For an oversexed culture that isn't afraid to push boundaries on TV, in movies, on the radio, and in books and magazines, we're awfully shy about sex when it comes to our health. In fact, even though people with diabetes are at a higher risk for sexual problems, a study in the journal Diabetes Care found that only about half of all men with diabetes and 19 percent of women with diabetes have broached the topic with a doctor. And, truth is, many doctors don't feel comfortable prodding patients for details on sexual function.
Sign up for the Joslin Newsletter. Out-of-control blood sugar levels can lead to blood vessel and nerve damage that hamper sexual performance and enjoyment. This can cause diabetes-related sexual dysfunction in men as well as in women. Men and women with diabetes also should be aware of sexual function issues that affect both sexes.
Diabetes is a condition where you have too much sugar specifically, a sugar called glucose in your blood. Insulin is the hormone that lowers your blood sugar levels. Without enough insulin, blood sugar levels rise, which then leads to diabetes.
Leon has a legitimate concern. But the answer is yes. Leon and Carol may have to make some changes, but they can have good sex with diabetes.
Your sex life should not stop with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. While getting intimate may present challenges, many sexual problems that arise can be treated if caught in time. First off, communication is key, and not just with your partner.
The Diabetes Forum - find support, ask questions and share your experiences withpeople. Retrograde ejaculation is an uncommon type of ejaculation problem. It occurs when semen enters the bladder instead of coming out through the urethra the tube in which urine passes during orgasm.