What Your Sex Life Can Tell You About Your Health

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Painful sex? Trouble reaching orgasm? What these sexual problems could mean for your health.

Sex scene #2: You take forever to climax, if at all.

It might be: Diabetes

Many things can contribute to difficulty achieving orgasm, including pain or medication side effects. But one fast-growing factor is complications from diabetes. In a 2010 study of 2,000 adults ages 57 to 85, University of Chicago researchers found that both women and men with diabetes reported difficulty attaining orgasm, even though male erectile dysfunction gets most of the attention. Care2: Insuring Your Love

Diabetes can damage nerves and small blood vessels, including autonomic nerves, the kind the brain uses to send unconscious signals for involuntary responses, such as sexual stimulation. The reduced blood flow caused by damage to blood vessels contributes to the problem.

What to do: If you've never been diagnosed with diabetes but you're also having other possible signs of diabetes, have a medical check-up and mention all worrisome symptoms. If you're a known diabetic, don't be shy about mentioning this sexual effect to your doctor. Only 19 percent of the women in the Chicago study discussed sexual problems with a doctor, compared to 47 percent of the men. Better glucose control can improve responsiveness, and your doctor may refer you to a gynecologist to help pinpoint and control other contributing factors.

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