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Diabetic Neuropathy: Treatment for Sexual Problems

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Male sexual problems. Some men who have erection problems caused by diabetic neuropathy may find injections, implants, or pump devices helpful. Sildenafil (Viagra) also may be taken to improve erections, but it should not be taken by people with heart problems. Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine. For more information, see the topic Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction).

Female sexual problems. Diabetic neuropathy may cause vaginal dryness in some women. Nonprescription lubricants (such as K-Y Jelly or Astroglide) and estrogen creams can increase vaginal lubrication and make sex more enjoyable.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
Last Revised April 12, 2012

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