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Diabetes can be your sex life’s enemy. Here’s how it can cause sexual dysfunction in women

Updated on:21 March 2020, 14:36pm IST
If you thought that with diabetes you only need sugar intake restriction , you’re highly mistaken. The disease can hit you where it hurts the most, ladies.
Sonakshi Kohli
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Who knew sex can actually give you a UTI. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

From taking insulin pills/injections and restricting sweets and sugar intake or just having to exercise after living a careless life for years —diabetes is surely one health condition that can affect all aspects of life.

After all, when insulin, the hormone responsible for carrying energy from food to various parts of the body, is unable to perform this function, it can make you prone to several serious conditions like complete insulin resistance, heart problems, obesity, fatigue, etc.

Unfortunately, your sex life has to take the hit as well. Here are five ways how it can get affected if you have diabetes :

1. For starters, you might stop feeling up to it
Great sex comes with a great desire to have it in the first place. However, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, diabetic women can get hit by a decreased sexual libido and thus, might find it difficult to get into the mood for sex.

This can be blamed on the inability or the naturally-produced insulin in their body being able to carry energy from food to various organs leading to fatigue and weakness.

Also, Read: If your sex life is non-existent, these 7 weird things can reignite the spark

2. Sex could hurt as hell
Penetrative sex with no or insufficient lubrication is way more hurtful than watching Ananya Pandey bag an award for the best debutante actress. In the case of diabetic women, this can be a major factor that can ruin their sex life because according to a study published in the Journal of Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, diabetes can reduce the production of oestrogen–the female sex hormones, the body. This, in turn, can decrease the lubrication from vaginal capillaries and thus, the increased friction during penetrative sex can become quite painful.

diabetes and sex life
Diabetes needs to be controlled properly since it can substantially impact our estrogen levels.
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In this case, using a lubricant can help, but so can practicing a healthy lifestyle to keep your hormones under control.

3. You could stop enjoying the good parts too
If you’re not wet enough despite enjoying a stellar foreplay, it can really mess up your sexual arousal altogether. The study quoted above elaborates on this and explains that the fear of insufficient lubrication even when they’re fully aroused can lead to self-image issues and create an additional psychological barrier that can keep them from enjoying a good sex life.

Also, Read: This is how you should be taking care of your sexual health in your 20s

4. The big ‘O’ could become a big ‘no’
A study conducted at the University of Chicago, US found that women suffering from type-2 diabetes reported a higher rate of orgasm-failure compared to those not affected by the condition.

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 Orgasms become seemingly rare for people suffering from diabetes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Though the reason isn’t clear yet, many researchers blame it on the insulin administration for interfering with the estrogen levels in a woman’s body that can make orgasming difficult.

5. The quick climax can be a spoiler too
The same study pointed out that diabetic women also complained of sexual dissatisfaction as they climaxed too quickly. Now, y’all know how lasting longer in bed can lead to a more intense orgasm. But with diabetes causing fatigue and lowering your estrogen levels, how do you last that long?

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Sonakshi Kohli Sonakshi Kohli

Twenty kilos down and struggling to maintain the weight loss by preaching healthy eating, while eating unhealthy every now and then.