Can diabetes cause infertility?
In men, Diabetes can cause male sexual impotence, which consists of the difficulty or inability to have or maintain an erection of the penis in at least 50% of attempts to have sexual contact. This is believed to be due to endocrine, vascular, neurological and psychological changes, which end up damaging the erection. Find out why diabetes can cause impotence in Understand why Diabetes can cause sexual impotence. In addition, it is also believed that this disease can impair the quality and production of sperm.
In women this disease can also have a negative impact on their fertility, as infertility, abnormal menstruation, increased chances of miscarriage or premature menopause, for example, may arise. However, the relationship between diabetes and infertility still needs to be further investigated scientifically so that its relationship and possible treatments can be identified.
How To Prevent Infertility
To prevent infertility problems caused by diabetes it is recommended to keep the disease under control, keeping blood glucose levels within the ideal range, through proper nutrition, exercise and the use of medications indicated by the doctor. See what to eat to keep diabetes under control in What to eat in Diabetes.
For couples who are trying to conceive, before suspecting that diabetes has caused infertility, it is necessary to understand that women can take up to 1 year to become pregnant, so it is only recommended to consult the doctor after this period. The doctor will then investigate if there is a problem that needs to be treated in order for the couple to become pregnant.
Other complications of diabetes
Diabetes can increase the chances of depression, so problems such as ejaculation disorders, decreased libido and decreased vaginal lubrication can arise, which can also contribute to couples' infertility.
In addition, there is usually a lot of thirst, increased urge to urinate, hunger, tiredness and poor circulation, and this disease can also cause other diseases such as kidney problems, eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts or retinopathy or nervous system problems such as diabetic neuropathy.