Sexual health and diabetes
Sexual problems are more common in people with diabetes than in the general population. Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves supplying the genitals, leading to problems with sexual arousal and orgasm. Hormonal changes, side effects of medication, and variations in glucose levels may also affect sexual desire and activity, as can psychological problems such as depression, anxiety or worries.
Reviewing sexual health from time to time is a normal part of the routine care provided to people with diabetes. People who are experiencing sexual problems that are causing them concern are encouraged to seek advice from their GP or another member of their Diabetes Healthcare Team, who will be able to refer the person to another professional if appropriate.
Sexual problems may occur in both men and women with diabetes. To learn more about these subjects click on the subheadings Information for Men or Information for Women in the left-hand navigation bar.