Adapt Diabetes to your Female Sexual Life
The physical response is only one aspect of sexuality, probably the least complicated part. Sexuality goes beyond sex; it’s an intrinsic part of an individual’s personality, which indicates how you relate to others and how others relate to you.
The way in which you adapt and incorporate Diabetes into your life affects your sexuality. For example, the stress of dealing with the many aspects of Diabetes, can create feelings of anger, depression and anxiety, and these can in turn impact the way in which you relate to other people, including your partner.
Diabetes may also have an impact on your self-esteem and body image. This body image includes concepts like “personal space”, “limits and personal boundaries” and certain tasks which are necessary for good Diabetes control, including insulin injections and monitoring glucose levels, that may seem invading your limits or boundaries. These procedures that invade the boundaries and limits of women can lead them to try to retain personal boundaries in other aspects of their lives. If a woman attempts to maintain borders in an intimate relationship, where both should clear their personal boundaries, this situation can be uncomfortable, therefore, she may try to avoid any relationship that involves intimacy.
Other women will seek to establish a relationship that isn’t as involving as they’d want it to be because they’re afraid nobody will want a partner with Diabetes.
Diabetes doesn’t only affect the development of new friendships, it can also impact previously established relationships. Furthermore, a woman diagnosed with Diabetes after 25 years of marriage, will have more anxiety about their partner than a woman who’s been diagnosed since childhood, because recent diagnoses involve lifestyle changes and therefore, changes in their relationships.
Traditionally, women have defined their feminine role in relation to their ability to have children. For some women having a baby gives them a sense of achievement, of power. Women with Diabetes, generally worry about having normal, healthy children, however, statistics show that adequate control and modern obstetrics technology, can help women with Diabetes have healthy children. Nevertheless, the amount of stress and anxiety pregnant women with Diabetes feel can decrease the happiness of pregnancy. With a baby’s birth, that feeling of accomplishment and power over their bodies is reaffirmed.
You can have a pleasurable sex life, but just like many things in life, it takes work. The most important factor in a healthy sexual relationship, is communication.
Tell your partner about your needs, and note that developing and maintaining a relationship takes time and effort. Couples who’ve been together for many years, also need time to rediscover each other. If you’re experiencing problems with your partner, it could be helpful to discuss this with your doctor, as he or she can offer simple solutions. It could also be helpful to visit a marriage counselor or a sex therapist.
Learning how to adapt your Diabetes to your relationship can greatly benefit its sexual aspect.
If you aren’t satisfied with your sex life, take the necessary steps to make it more pleasurable.