What about Libido and its relationship to depression or using antidepressants? These are also topics that need to be hashed out, talked about, and openly discussed.
The odds are even worse for men with Diabetes. Glucose is a huge molecule, jamming up blood flow and damaging our penile highways, effecting erectile strength, sensation, and over all drive.
As I have mentioned in past posts, E.D. doesn't get talked about enough during clinic visits. My health care providers dodge it. Asking things like; "So.....how are things working down there?" or they don't ask about E.D. at all.
I hear that if you have diabetes then you have a 50% likelihood of developing depression. What that means to me is that there are a lot of diabetics taking SSRI's which are an anti depressant medication that may make you feel happier but not happy "down there" as they are notorious for decreasing sensation during intercourse and libido. Shitty deal really for the person taking them and their partner.
What are the options?.......let's see......
Adding another med. Like Wellbutrin - an antidepressant that minimizes the sexual side effects but can increase agitation and anxiety in some individuals. Not good if frustrated over the above ED and lack of libido issue.
The blue pill, well those are good for ED in some cases, but not so good to increase ease of ejaculation, sensation due and abating the effects caused by the SSRI.
The stress that ensues when a man in his prime can't "climax" or in some cases"can't stay hard enough" to please his partner and or himself. Yes, you got it, major feelings flood the brain, like, "I suck in the sack" or "I am useless, whats wrong with me" thus leading to performance anxiety the next time around, and if you are the avoident type a mere lack of all around initiative and libido ensues. The partner in this case is often left feeling "unattractive" because all of the sudden the man can't "climax" This effects the sexual intimacy in the relationship in some cases. No libido, performance anxiety, less flirting, less connecting, greater distance, and then the inevitable both parties give up. Okay not in all cases but you get my point.
Once again diabetes effects all areas, Mood, Depression, libido, decreased sensation, E.D.
What do we do about it?
Well, I am hoping my readers can contribute. I have no clue.