Diabetes can affect a man’s sexual health in several ways.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men with diabetes. ED is the inability to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including high blood sugar levels, nerve damage, and problems with blood flow. ED can be treated with medications, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra), as well as lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet, and managing stress.
Men with diabetes may also experience a decrease in libido (sex drive) due to a variety of factors, including high blood sugar levels, nerve damage, and medications used to treat diabetes. In some cases, this decrease in libido can be treated with medications or other therapies.
Additionally, diabetes can also cause changes in the structure and function of the genital organs, which can affect sexual function. For example, nerve damage can cause dryness and irritation of the vagina in women with diabetes, while men with diabetes may experience a decrease in the amount of ejaculate they produce.