Mayo Clinic on Managing Diabetes

By Maria Collazo-Clavell | Go to book overview

Chapter 12
Sexual health: Issues for
women and men

Sexuality is an important part of your overall well-being and another aspect of your health influenced by diabetes. Understanding how diabetes affects sexuality, and what you can do about it, can minimize the disease's effects and help you lead a more enjoyable life.

If you're a woman, knowing that fluctuations in your hormone levels may affect your blood sugar (glucose) can help you better manage your diabetes during menstruation and menopause. If you're considering pregnancy, key steps before and during your pregnancy can greatly improve your chances for delivering a healthy baby, without complications.

If you're a man, the better you control your blood sugar, the less your risk of impotence due to nerve and blood vessel damage. If you're already experiencing impotence, treatments are available.

Some people find it difficult to discuss sexual matters. But it's important to ask your doctor questions if you have concerns or are experiencing problems.


Menstruation and blood sugar

Estrogen and progesterone are hormones produced by your ovaries that regulate your reproductive cycle. As their levels fluctuate during the month, so can your blood sugar level.

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