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Diabetes and Intimacy: What Should Patients Do to Improve Their Relationships?

The changes in hormone levels also affect sexual health

When estrogen is low or during menopause, dryness and thinning of the vagina increases the danger of yeast infections. The thinning and dryness or vaginal atrophy is uncomfortable when having intercourse. If you find that sex or intercourse is painful, let your doctor know. You may need to use vaginal estrogen therapy that can be either an inserted ring or in the form of a topical cream. Either one of these treatments may alleviate vaginal dryness and help with sexual performance.

Further problems with diabetes and sex are the irregular menstrual cycles. Changing hormones and irregular cycles affect energy, moods and cause fatigue. These feelings also affect your sexual desire.