Effects of Diabetes in Women: Low Sex Drive and More

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Effects of Diabetes in Women: Low Sex Drive and More

From a low sex drive to yeast infections, diabetes can rob women of sexual pleasure in subtle ways. Find out how to get your groove back. Plus, test your diabetes IQ with our quiz…

Not feeling in the mood? Maybe it’s diabetes.

The chronic condition increases your risk for sexual dysfunction. In fact, nearly 50% of women with diabetes report some sort of sexual problem, says diabetes educator Janis Roszler, co-author of Sex and Diabetes: For Him and For Her, published by the American Diabetes Association.

But pinpointing the source of the problem is difficult because signs of sexual dysfunction in women with diabetes aren’t as obvious as in their male counterparts.

“Women are not men without penises,” says Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Women with diabetes complain of subtle symptoms.

They feel challenged, frustrated or tired when it comes to sex, according to a 2009 study of 2,000 type 2 diabetics conducted by the Research Partnership, a global market research agency.

But the symptoms aren’t all in your head.

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