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Gynecol Endocrinol. 2005 Oct;21(4):189-92.

Sexual dysfunction in women with diabetes mellitus.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Ayr Hospital, UK. Derek.Rutherford@aaaht.nhs.scot.uk


Sexual problems in men with diabetes mellitus are common and often result from diabetic complications. However, although diabetic complications are similar in both sexes, little attention has been given to the effects of diabetes on female sexuality and sexual function. It is reasonable to suggest that women with diabetes will experience sexual problems due to neuropathy, endocrine changes and vascular complications. However there is little research into the physical effects of diabetes on female sexual function. Reduced vaginal lubrication in women with diabetes has been reported yet this is rarely documented as a sexual problem. Previous studies in women with diabetes may also neglect the importance of the subjective qualities associated with female sexuality and sexual expression.

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