Sexual Disorders

Both men and women with diabetes may experience sexual dysfunction, especially if they've had the condition for a long time.

Nerve damage, called 'diabetic autonomic neuropathy', may cause impotence in men. Women may experience loss of feeling around the vaginal area and vaginal dryness.

Controlling your blood sugar level is the best long-term solution for preventing nerve damage.

Prescription medications for both men and women offer temporary, short-term solutions. Medical devices for men may also offer temporary solutions




The BD Diabetes Learning Center describes the causes of diabetes, its symptoms, and diabetes complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy. This site contains detailed information about blood glucose monitoring, insulin injection and safe sharps disposal. Interactive quizzes, educational literature downloads and animated demonstrations help to teach diabetes care skills.

Important Note: The content of this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Do not disregard your doctor's advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this website.

Unless otherwise noted, BD, BD logo and all other trademarks are property of Becton Dickinson and Company. © 2017 BD