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3 Tips For Managing Diabetes-Related Sexual Problems In Women

May 8, 2017

Diabetes sexual problems does serious damage to the body’s vascular system. High levels of sugar in the blood affect its flow in the body. In women, vascular damage affects lubrication, arousal and even the ability to have an orgasm. Diabetes also damages nerves, leading to a condition known as neuropathy, which affects libido and arousal. Diabetes is also associated with lower levels of testosterone, which affects libido, or the desire for sex. There are ways to manage these problems with natural remedies, listed below.

Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus): The Female Aphrodisiac

Shatavari is an ayurvedic herb that is used as a uterine tonic in folk medicine. It is known to have the following effects:

  • Improve folliculogenesis (the maturation of the ovarian follicle) and ovulation
  • Promote milk production in lactating mothers
  • Increase libido
  • Improve lubrication
  • Prepare the uterus for conception
  • Prevent miscarriages
  • Act as a post-partum tonic

Tribulus Terrestris: A Herbal Supplement

To have a healthy libido, women need to have a healthy amount of the hormone testosterone in their blood. This herb helps boost testosterone levels in, both, men and women, thus having a direct impact on their libido. The herb has shown to improve the symptoms of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (inhibited sexual desire) in women.

L-Arginine: An Essential Amino Acid

L-Arginine improves blood flow to clitoral and vaginal tissue, making it more sensitive to stimulation. It is also known to improve libido, vaginal lubrication, frequency of orgasms, and overall sexual satisfaction.diabetes sexual problems

All of the supplements suggested above need to be taken after consultation with a doctor as they may be contraindicated for patients with allergies, for patients who are on other drugs, and for women who are pregnant or nursing their babies.


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