Sex, as simple as the term sounds, can get a little complicated at times. These complications come in plenty when one is suffering from diabetes as such medical can alter and restrict your sex life to a great extent. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), vaginal dryness, performance issues, etc can come in the way of a healthy sex life.
Despite these problems, a couple can work things out and enjoy a healthy sex life if they support each other and plan ahead of time. Here are a few things one can do to ensure that diabetes does not come in the way of a ‘sweeet’ ending in bed:
Take care of your diabetes: Count this as the first rule in the book. It is vital that you place diabetes care on the top of your priority list if you want to avoid sexual issues that come with it. Regular check ups, maintaining blood sugar levels, restricting alcohol, exercising, making healthy food choices, etc can help in juggling sex and diabetes efficiently.
Talk about it: According to the National Institute of Health, 35%- 50% men with diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction. Now, it is certain that ignoring erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems won’t make them go away; instead, it will just make things worse. Talking about your sexual problems and working things out together can help you have a healthy sex life and at the same time, build a healthier relationship with your partner.
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Add a little lubricant to smooth things up: Just like erectile dysfunction in men, some diabetic women are bound to experience vaginal dryness on a regular basis which can result in a dry and rough sex life. Using a lubricant while having sex can make sex easier and more pleasurable. Talk to your doctor about the right lubricant and preferably, stick to a sugar-free lubricant.
Indulge in activities that enhance your libido: Low sex drive is one of the many consequences of diabetes and it can make your sex life miserable. The good news here is that there a ton of activities you can do individually and as a couple in order to enhance your libido. This may include exercising together, increased foreplay, eating aphrodisiacs, etc.
Let it go: For a diabetic person, planning is a good thing to do before sex but there will be days when sex will just happen and those days, you just need to let loose and live in the moment. Don’t let your diabetic worries get to your head instead; just check your blood sugar levels after sex.
Use a Continous Glucose Monitor (CGM): Wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor on you gives you total control over your glucose levels while having sex as you can monitor your levels and act accordingly in bed. Wearing a CGM can be a blessing in other day to day activities as well.
Relax: At the end of the day, it’s your mind and body that decide whether diabetes is a blessing or a curse for your sex life. If you stay calm and relaxed about your diabetic condition, it will reflect in your daily life as well as your sex life. With a relaxed mind and a supportive partner, diabetes is just a minor roadblock in the long journey of sex.
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