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4 Tips for Better Sex

These tips can help keep your sex life strong with diabetes:

  • Limit alcohol. A little alcohol may boost your desire, but drinking can also make your blood sugar level drop quickly. If you drink alcohol, stick with one drink. Have it with a meal or snack to limit its effects on your blood sugar.
  • Be honest with your partner. Trying to deny or hide your diabetes only makes you less at ease during sex, Sparling says. When she was dating, she made a point of getting to know boyfriends well before she got intimate with them, and they got to know her -- and her pump. "I never had a partner reject me because of diabetes," she says. "If anything, it brought us closer together."
  • Nurture your relationship. Little things like taking walks, working out with your partner, or even doing chores for each other help keep your romantic life fresh and loving, Roszler says. On the other hand, if you neglect your love life, it may damage other parts of your life together. "When couples have difficulty in the bedroom, it spreads throughout their relationship," she says. "If you're angry with your partner, you're less likely to do things to take care of him or her."
  • Get help. If you are uneasy talking to your doctor about sex, ask for a referral to a women's health specialist or a doctor with expertise in sexual issues. "If you don't get the answers or help you need, don't give up," Roszler says. "You can have a great sex life with diabetes."