The “why” behind women’s sexual woes

When it comes to sex, mainstream medicine is always focused on men.

I say, what about women? The machinery may be different. But there’s one common denominator involved in sexual dysfunction in both sexes.

Diabetes. It delivers a hit to women’s sexual satisfaction, just as it does with men’s ability to function.

Until recently though, researchers never really delved into the details. But in the August issue of the very mainstream, prestigious journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology, one group of researchers made some significant discoveries.

They gave questionnaires to a group of 2,270 women between 40 and 80 years old. The group included women without diabetes, diabetic women taking insulin, and diabetic women not taking insulin.

The surveys asked about sexual desire, frequency of sexual activity, overall sexual satisfaction. They also asked for details about some specific sexual problems–difficulty with lubrication, arousal, orgasm, or pain.

Researchers factored in many more details about the women’s health as well. Complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney dysfunction, and peripheral neuropathy.

But overall, the women with diabetes reported less sexual satisfaction. And among those who were sexually active, insulin-treated women reported more problems with lubrication and orgasm.

These researchers stress the importance of preventing complications.


And one of the best ways to do that is to take antioxidants that reduce inflammation, the trigger of these complications.

And for even more advice on natural ways to rev up libido and sexual satisfaction, check out my article “Feeding Your Sexual Stamina.” It appeared in the February 2012 issue of my newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Subscribers can download and view this issue for free by logging in to the Subscriber area of the website. (And if you’re not already a subscriber, the newsletter page of this website has all the information you need to become one today.)

“Diabetes Mellitus and Sexual Function in Middle-Aged and Older Women,” Obstetrics & Gynecology 2012; 120(2): 331-340