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Sexual Problems

Nerve and blood vessel problems associated with diabetes may lead to sexual problems. Any of these symptoms could be related to diabetes:

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In men:

  • difficulty getting or keeping an erection, or impotence

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In women:

  • poor vaginal lubrication
  • a decrease in sexual desire
  • pain during sex
  • difficulty having an orgasm
  • frequent vaginal or yeast infections

Written by Bobbie Hasselbring

Reviewed by Beth Seltzer, MD

Last updated June 2008

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