Study Says That Over One-Third of Type 1 Women Have Sexual Problems

Researchers think that depression, not the diabetes itself, may be a major factor in bringing on or exacerbating the sexual problems of women with type 1. This is in contrast to studies of men with type 1, in whom diabetes has been shown to be a major cause of sexual problems.

May 19, 2009

A ten-year study that tracked 652 women with type 1 diabetes found that 35 percent of them reported some sort of sexual problem, including loss of desire (57 percent of those reporting problems), problems experiencing orgasm (51 percent), pain during intercourse (21 percent), reduced arousal (38 percent), or decreased vaginal lubrication (47 percent).

Although the study, conducted by Leuven University in Belgium and published recently in the medical journal Diabetes Care, found that a significant percentage of diabetic women experience sexual problems, it did not conclude that diabetes itself was the cause.

This is in contrast to studies of type 1 men, in whom diabetes has been shown to be a major cause of sexual problems.

Instead, the researchers think that depression may be a major factor in bringing on or exacerbating the sexual problems of type 1 women. The researchers noted that although they cannot say that the depression of the women in the study was brought on by diabetes, the study established that depression affects a large percentage of women with the disease. They recommend that doctors and healthcare providers routinely screen type 1 women for depression and the presence of sexual problems.

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Categories: Depression, Diabetes, Diabetes, Sexual Issues, Type 1 Issues

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Posted by Anonymous on 25 May 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,
I've just read the article relating to sexual challenges of women with Type I diabetes and at the end, a comment really struck a cord...the one that goes on to explain that in women, it seems depression is the main culprit of disfunction, while with men, this is not the case, it's definately diabetes related. End of story... why do women always seem to get hung with the depression diagnosis and not men. I can tell you that there is a real relationship between type 1 diabetes and sexual disfunction. I suffer from it daily, from extreme pain,enough to change your mind when you do experience the urge....I am not depressed....I love my husband very much and miss the ability to enjoy what we used to share. Please take a closer look and I think you'll find out it's not depression that causes the problem, rather the problem causing the depression. I'll look forward to reading more on this subject.

Posted by Anonymous on 26 May 2009

I've been reading article after article with studies on the sexual problems for diabetic women. Does anyone go on to the next step as to prescribe or invistagate ways to allieviate any of the problems?

If so I would like to see some on those in any diabetic website or magazine

Posted by Anonymous on 26 May 2009

Thank you for saying this. I've tried for years to get someone to listen and help me- no one seems to care.I would dearly love to feel like I did BEFORE I became insulin dependant. No, I'm not depressed about anything- except this.

Posted by Anonymous on 27 January 2010

I have had diabetes for 15years and never come out that I didn't want sex. Now it has an my husban thinks I don't love or want him.He doesn't understand it is the diabetes. I am not depressed well maybe over not being able to get into the groove with him. I wish their was something out their to help me.

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