Women with diabetes may experience such sexual problems as vaginal dryness, reduced sexual desire and decreased response, including difficulty climaxing. Prescription or over-the-counter vaginal lubricants and moisturizers, such as K-Y jelly, Replens or Lubrin, offer relief from vaginal dryness.

A different sexual position or additional stimulation may help with orgasm. Kegel exercises, which strengthen your pelvic muscles and help improve sexual response, are easy to learn. Ask your doctor for instruction.

Women with diabetes have an unusually high risk of vaginal yeast infections. These infections can lead to pain or discomfort during intercourse. If you suspect a yeast infection is causing your discomfort, see your doctor. Yeast infections can be cleared up easily with an antifungal medication.

Source: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 06 Jul 2013

Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015