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Diabetes and female sexual health

Bitzer, J. and Alder, J.. (2009) Diabetes and female sexual health. Women's health, Vol. 5. pp. 629-636.

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Abstract

Sexual function in female diabetic patients is much less investigated than in males. Empirical studies do not show uniform results, but it appears that diabetic women experience more frequent sexual dysfunction in general than age-matched healthy controls, independent of the sociocultural environment. The most frequently cited dysfunctions are desire and arousal disorders, such as lubrication difficulties, while orgasmic capacity appears to be less affected. Direct pathophysiological effects on lubrication are proven, but the impact on mental arousal is unclear. The role of diabetic complications is controversial. The comorbidity with depression plays a major role. Individual coping with the disease and the quality of the relationship are also contributing factors. Patients should be encouraged to talk about their sexual problems, as both biomedical and psychosocial factors have to be explored. Therapeutic interventions include basic counseling, biomedical treatment of atrophy and lubrication difficulties, as well as treatment of comorbidities and/or sex therapy.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe > Gynäkologie (Heinzelmann)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe > Gynäkologie (Heinzelmann)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Geburtshilfliche und Gynäkologische Psychosomatik (Bitzer)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Spezialfächer (Klinik) > Geburtshilfliche und Gynäkologische Psychosomatik (Bitzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Bitzer, Johannes and Alder, Judith
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Future Medicine Ltd.
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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