September 13, 2001
Question from Bristol, United Kingdom:
My wife (aged 41 years) has type�1 diabetes, and since her diagnosis five years ago, her sex drive is virtually non-existent. Is this normal? Can you advise any help or publications on this subject?
Your question is a good one. Unfortunately, I do not think there is a clear answer to your question. Unlike men, where erectile function can be treated, a woman’s sexual function with diabetes is less clearly defined. There have been some treatment of women with Viagra with no benefit shown. Some women have been treated with testosterone, in addition to estrogen replacement. Treatment with antidepressants are helpful if there is depression evident. Sometimes just treating underlying medical problems can be helpful. I would recommend you speak with your wife’s physician about your concerns.