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T1D & Sexual Health

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Diabetes can impact everything, even things that can be tough to talk about. 

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Here’s information on some of the most common problems people with T1D face, as well as some solutions.

Vaginal dryness and decreased libido can happen to due to diabetes. 

Birth Control:
Don’t get us wrong, having a safe and healthy pregnancy is very possible as a person with diabetes, but it’s important to plan for it in advance with your doctor in order to minimize any complications. Check out an interview CDN Virtual Intern Rebecca did with a diabetes midwife about contraception and T1D, and this blog post from Diabetes Mine listing the pros and cons of each type of birth control to help you decide what’s right for you – and then have a conversation with your doctor.

Yeast infections are common among those living with diabetes.

Menstrual Cycles:
For some, their blood sugars trend high during that time of the month. For others, they trend low. And for others, there is no difference. Continue to monitor your BGs closely during your menstrual cycle and learn more from Beyond Type 1 here.

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and occurs when the egg is not released for fertilization. Many diagnosed with PCOS also have diabetes and studies are examining the relationship between the two. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of PCOS from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Diabetes sisters, unite! Check out DiabetesSisters, who offer resources and support for women with all types of diabetes, as well as local meetups for these women.

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Diabetes can affect the way you experience sex. Read on to learn about some of the most common complaints regarding sex from those living with diabetes, and how to fix them.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

ED is a common and easily treatable side effect of T1D.
If you want to learn more about what causes erectile dysfunction and treatment, check out this blog post from our partners at Diabetes Mine. You can also read more about erectile dysfunction here, from our friends at the American Diabetes Association.