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Sex Question Friday: Can Medications Be Transferred To Sex Partners Through Semen?

Sex Question Friday: Can Medications Be Transferred To Sex Partners Through Semen?

A reader submitted the following question: “Can medications that men take regularly (like blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes meds) be passed through their seminal fluid to their oral sex partner? Many sex workers prefer to perform oral sex without a condom (bareback) and they often make the decision to swallow rather than spit. If medication can be passed like this, are these girls at any risk?” Thanks for this very interesting question! Let’s first start by looking at whether medications that men are taking even show up in their semen at all. Research has found that this does indeed happen and that “seminal fluid chemical concentrations are typically similar to or lower than blood concentrations” [1]. So, medications and other drugs that men consume do appear in their semen to some degree, just as they tend to appear in other bodily fluids. However, keep in mind that the amount of ejaculate typically produced is quite small and, on average, consists of about one or two teaspoons. Thus, even though medications might be present in semen, this fluid is released in such small quantities that any potential chemical transfer through it would be very, very small. The next question is how much of these chemicals are actually absorbed by men’s sex partners. Unfortunately, I can only address potential for vaginal absorption because that is the only sexual activity that has been studied in this context to date—thus, we cannot directly speak to how much absorption would occur through oral or anal sex, or with same-sex partners. We do know that absorption of medications through the vagina is at least possible (indeed, this is why doctors sometimes prescribe medications to be administered through vaginal suppositories--this absorbency of the vaginal walls is also Continue reading >>

No Harm In Having Oral Sex With A Diabetic

No Harm In Having Oral Sex With A Diabetic

That cunnilingus with a diabetic leads to rise in sugar levels is a myth. Self assumptions are fraught with risks. Oral sex with the female vagina is called cunnilingus. It’s a form of sexual variation used by couples from time to time. It’s usually used as a part of foreplay to increase sexual stimulation. It may lead to orgasm in some females. That cunnilingus with a diabetic leads to rise in sugar levels is a myth. Self assumptions are fraught with risks. Oral sex with the female vagina is called cunnilingus. It’s a form of sexual variation used by couples from time to time. It’s usually used as a part of foreplay to increase sexual stimulation. It may lead to orgasm in some females. Diabetes is not transmitted sexually; hence there is no harm in having oral sex with a diabetic. Diabetes is a disorder caused due to malfunctioning of the pancreas. This leads to abnormal sugar levels in the blood. It may have genetic basis. Well controlled diabetes has no action on the sex life. Poorly controlled sugars can cause problems with sex desire and erection. It may also result in infections. Continue reading >>

I Have Never Had Sex With My Diabetic Husband And Probably Never Will

I Have Never Had Sex With My Diabetic Husband And Probably Never Will

I met my husband online a few weeks before my 31st birthday. There was nothing about his profile that would have particularly drawn me to it. He was 33, divorced. We didn't seem to have much in common, and his photo showed an average looking and very nondescript guy. But, as it was my personal policy to give anyone devoid of major dealbreakers a chance, I immediately wrote back. We wrote each other online a few times a day for about a week, when he asked if I would like to meet up. Despite his kind of boring profile, he was witty and charming in the emails, so I felt somewhat hopeful. Our first date was the dictionary definition of "awkward." We met at Starbucks and then walked around outside. We mostly talked about our respective exes. I don't think he laughed or smiled once. I was pretty sure he hated me. So I was fairly surprised when I got a text from him on my way home saying he had a great time and would love to see me again. Our second date wasn't much better. I'm not sure what made me keep talking to him. I think I was just intrigued. Or maybe it was because he showed up when he said he would, held doors for me, and acted like he gave a damn. The night before we went out for the third time I confessed via text that I was wondering what it would be like to kiss him. He replied, "Oh, yeah?" We sat in a park for hours the night of our third date, talking and drinking a bottle of Chardonnay he had brought. He forgot to bring glasses, so we just chugged from the bottle. Well, I did mostly. He was finally loosening up a little bit, even laughing and smiling a tiny bit here and there. I noticed that he was shaking and asked him a few times if he was cold. He told me later that he wasn't cold that night. He was nervous. Eventually the wine hit me and I had to pee really Continue reading >>

Sexuality And Kidney Disease

Sexuality And Kidney Disease

Can people with kidney disease or kidney failure still enjoy sex? It's important to remember that people with kidney failure can have healthy marriages and meaningful relationships. They can fall in love, care for families, and be sexual. Staying intimate with those you love is important. It's something everyone needs. Many people think that sexuality refers only to sexual intercourse. But sexuality includes many things, like touching, hugging, or kissing. It includes how you feel about yourself, how well you communicate, and how willing you are to be close to someone else. There are many things that can affect your sexuality if you have kidney disease or kidney failure — hormones, nerves, energy levels, even medicine. But there are also things you and your healthcare team can do to deal with these changes. Don't be afraid to ask questions or get help from a healthcare professional. What if I lose interest in sex? Your interest in sex may change when you have kidney disease or kidney failure. At first, you may have less interest in sex. This can happen because you need a lot of energy to cope with the physical and emotional changes brought on by your illness. In time, your interest may return to normal. Some men may find it more difficult to have or keep an erection. This is very common with kidney failure. It can result from the side effects of medicine, having a buildup of toxic wastes in the blood that may not be fully removed by dialysis, or other things. Many of these problems can be treated. Don't be afraid to ask questions or get help from a healthcare professional. Emotions can also affect sexual functioning. This includes stress, depression, nerves, fear of disability or death, marriage problems, and much more. For some people, having kidney disease may cause Continue reading >>

Sex And Diabetes

Sex And Diabetes

When my neighbor Leon was diagnosed with diabetes, he had one fear. “Sex is very important to me,” he said. “And to my wife, Carol. Will I still be able to have sex with diabetes?” Leon has a legitimate concern. According to some estimates, up to 75% of men and 50% of women with diabetes develop sexual problems at some point. But the answer is yes. Leon and Carol may have to make some changes, but they can have good sex with diabetes. You can too. Diabetes’ effect on sex Poorly controlled diabetes can hurt your love life in several ways. • High blood sugars can block blood vessels and damage nerves in the genital organs. These complications can prevent or weaken erections and ejaculation in men. They can dry up lubrication, cause painful intercourse, or prevent orgasm in women. • Hormonal changes such as low testosterone levels can take away sexual desire. Men with diabetes are twice as likely to have a low testosterone level as men without diabetes. • Diabetes-related symptoms, such as fatigue, numbness, or pain, may make sex difficult or less pleasurable. • The psychological effects of diabetes may stop people’s sexuality. “Such things as feeling unattractive, blaming yourself for diabetes, and depression may damage both sexual desire and function. So can stress over health, money problems, and family issues,” I noted after hearing a talk by sexologist Dr. Mitchell Tepper. • The effects of medications, especially drugs for high blood pressure and depression, can interfere with sexual function and desire. • Low blood glucose can also interfere with sexual experiences. Like any exercise, sex can cause blood sugar to drop. It’s hard to function with low blood sugar. Maybe check your sugar before starting to get romantic. So there are a lot o Continue reading >>

Diabetes Health Advice

Diabetes Health Advice

Is Diabetes Transferable? Diabetes is characterized by increased blood sugar or blood glucose levels. Glucose is obtained from the food that is consumed. The glucose gives the cells the energy they need to perform various functions. The hormone insulin aids in this process. In type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to produce insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body either does not produce or cannot use the insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus and is the more common of both types. When there is an inadequate amount of insulin in the body, the glucose remains in the blood, thereby elevating blood sugar levels. Diabetes health risks are many. If the glucose remains in the blood over time, many serious complications such as kidney, eye and nerve damage can occur. Gestational diabetes is another type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women due to the effect of hormonal changes. Diabetes health problems can occur in any type of diabetes. These problems develop when an individual is unable to manage diabetes properly. A common complication that occurs in diabetic individuals is hyperglycemia which is characterized by excessively high blood sugar levels. If left untreated, conditions such as kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness can occur. Unmanaged diabetes can also lead to high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. This contributes to circulation disorders and heart disease. Diabetes often leads to frequent infections since the immune system is affected. Intake of too much insulin can lead to hypoglycemia wherein dizziness, headache, sweating and fainting can occur. The diabetes health plan involves proper diet, lifestyle modifications and medication. Type 2 diabetes is initially treated with dietary changes, regular exercise and weight re Continue reading >>

Male And Female Sexual Dysfunction

Male And Female Sexual Dysfunction

This article originally appeared in Voice of the Diabetic, Volume 19, Number 1, Winter 2004 Edition, published by the Diabetes Action Network of the National Federation of the Blind. The principal symptom of diabetes, type 1 or type 2, is high blood sugar. In time, excess glucose in the blood can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and circulatory system. As human sexual response involves so many systems at the same time, it is not unusual to find a person with long-term diabetes experiencing sexual difficulties: ranging from diminished interest, slow response, discomfort, pain, and, for men, outright impotence. Though these problems express differently in men and women, and sexuality is the sum of many different factors, having diabetes is a major predictor of sexual difficulties, for both men and women. Female Sexual Dysfunction Having diabetes can interfere with a woman's participation in and enjoyment of the sex act. Diabetic complications can make sex painful and unpleasant -- and reluctance to participate can be understandable. But the culture throws negative labels around, and, traditionally, women's sexual issues have not been addressed to the same depth as men's issues--so many medical professionals are less than fully "up to speed" on this subject, so less likely to ask their female patients, and only recently has the medical profession acknowledged any "female sexual dysfunction" at all--so there is a shortage of professional expertise here. Some doctors have real difficulty separating diabetogenic (caused by diabetes) difficulties from unrelated issues. More studies, especially of women with diabetes, are urgently needed. Too many assumptions are derived from the study of diabetic men, and need to be tested. Diabetic women, many of retirement age, wer Continue reading >>

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Could Increase Your Diabetes Risk

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Could Increase Your Diabetes Risk

Sexually transmitted diseases could significantly increase your chances of getting diabetes, according to a new study. Scientists revealed STDs, like chlamydia, increase your risk of diabetes by up to 82 per cent - the same as having a high body mass index. But the results weren’t just confined to STDs - intestinal infections also raised the risk of diabetes by 88 per cent. The researchers found any diagnosis of sexual and gender identity disorders increased the risk of diabetes by 130 per cent. Shockingly, this is the same as having high blood pressure. Chicken pox, shingles and other viral infections increased someone’s chances of developing diabetes as much as high cholesterol. The team developed a new screening algorithm that allowed them to predict the likelihood of developing diabetes using the records of almost 10,000 people and assessing their medical history. Vital signs, prescription medicine and reported illnesses were available to the scientists. Fri, October 2, 2015 The Top 10 most contagious illnesses Study co-author Dr Mark Cohen professor at UCLA said: “There's so much more information available in the medical record that could be used to determine whether a patient needs to be screened, and this information isn't currently being used.” The pre-screening algorithm was found to be more effective than screening based on traditional factors, such as blood pressure, BMI, age, gender and smoking. It was also 14 per cent better at identifying those who don’t have the disease. The team even suggest it could identify 400,000 people who haven’t yet been diagnosed. The pre-screening tool also identified factors that lowered the risk of diabetes. Regular migraines decreased someone’s chances of developing the condition as much as being 29 years younge Continue reading >>

Do I Have Diabetes Or/and Std?

Do I Have Diabetes Or/and Std?

Hello, Lately i been feeling alittle weird, i been extremely tired,having to frequently urinate,hungry even after i ate, increase in vaginal discharge, urine has a weird smell, long lasting headaches and my urine is warm whenever i pee. I check for UTI and it isn't that i really need some help? The symptoms you are describing are indeed concerning, and I would highly recommend scheduling an appointment to speak with your doctor, so that he or she can obtain a complete history, perform a physical examination, and run any tests that are indicated. Having said that, you do have a number of signs and symptoms that can be associated with diabetes. Fatigue, frequent urination and hunger, and changes in the smell and composition of the urine can be the first signs of diabetes. The urine will often smell and taste sweet, as there is actually sugar (called glucose) that is being spilled into the urine because there is a lack of insulin to the glucose into the body's cells in the appropriate manner. I would recommend having your doctor check your fasting blood sugar, as well as obtain a urine sample to see if there is glucose or ketones (a molecule in your body that the body produces when cells cannot take up as much glucose because of an insulin deficiency - as in diabetes) in the urine. The changes you are experiencing do fit with diabetes, and it is less likely that you have a sexually transmitted infection, although signs of STIs can include changes in vaginal discharge appearance and/or smell. Some women may even have an STI without any signs or symptoms at all. The risk of having an STI of course depends on how many partners you have had recently and if you are using barrier protection (condoms). It may be worth it to be tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV as a screeni Continue reading >>

Sexual Health And Relationships

Sexual Health And Relationships

We hope to address concerns and queries that you may have regarding sexual health now come that you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Sex ……………..You may feel embarrassed …but don’t its natural! Sexual Activity Sex is a form of exercise and can cause hypos. For most people it is a good form of exercise, therefore you need to be prepared for a drop in your blood glucose. You should make sure that you have a supply of sugar to hand such as glucose tablets or a sugary drink such as Lucozade. Diabetes can affect your sex life. If you are having problems don’t keep them to yourself speak to you diabetes care team as there are many treatments available. Fertility It is rare that diabetes will affect fertility however there is an increased risk of developing diabetes if other members of the family have it. Women who are overweight are more likely to be affected by a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS, which can affect fertility. Contraceptive methods Methods of contraception are the same for people with diabetes as for those without but some forms of pills may not be suitable for people with diabetes as with others. If you become unexpectedly pregnant it is essential that you contact your GP or diabetes team immediately. Unplanned pregnancies can cause health concerns. The contraceptive pill does not suit all women with diabetes and it is not advised in the following circumstances: If you are older If you smoke If you are overweight If you have high blood pressure If you have heart or circulation problems If you have a tendency for blood clots If you are treated with insulin it could increase your insulin requirements. The low dose combined contraceptive pill may be used in the short term, but this will mean that more checks should be made on yo Continue reading >>

Can A Man Catch Thrush From A Female Partner?

Can A Man Catch Thrush From A Female Partner?

Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus known as Candida albicans, which usually lives harmlessly in the body. The fungus can lead to thrush if your body is unable to keep it under to control – for example, if you have a weakened immune system or you’re taking antibiotics. It is possible for thrush to be passed on through sexual intercourse, although this is uncommon. Signs and symptoms of thrush In men, symptoms of thrush can include: redness, itching and irritation at the site of infection (often at the head of the penis) thick, lumpy discharge under the foreskin pain when passing urine The symptoms of thrush are similar in women, but the vagina is usually affected instead. If you have thrush, it is best to avoid having sex until you have completed a course of treatment and the infection has cleared up. Further information: Continue reading >>

Does Diabetes Affect Sex?

Does Diabetes Affect Sex?

Dear Alice, I have been diabetic for 19 years now (I'm 20 years old) and I was wondering: does having this disease for so long have long-term effects on my sexual health? I am a man and so far I have no issues. Dear Reader, It's great that diabetes is not affecting your sexual health, and it's also great that you are preemptively asking about potential complications. Research indicates that about 75 percent of men and 35 percent of women with diabetes do experience some sexual issues, mostly as a result of diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) to the nerves that stimulate normal sexual response. The good news: research has found that individuals who take care of their condition by controlling blood glucose levels, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, can lower their risk of developing diabetes-related sexual problems. In addition to neuropathy, men with diabetes can be challenged by erectile dysfunction (ED), low testosterone, and low libido. ED, defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse, can develop because of a testosterone deficiency. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) (link is external), over 13 million men suffer from low testosterone and 90 percent of those go untreated. Men with type 2 diabetes are two times more likely to suffer from low testosterone than men without diabetes. A simple blood test can detect this deficiency and it can be treated quite easily with gels, patches, or injections to increase the amount of testosterone in the body. Men can also experience a drop in libido because of diabetes-related weight gain, depression, stress, and/or high blood pressure. In order to keep your sexual health in good standing, it might be a good idea to pay special attentio Continue reading >>

Sexual Dysfunction - Causes And Symptoms

Sexual Dysfunction - Causes And Symptoms

Out-of-control blood sugar levels can lead to blood vessel and nerve damage that hamper sexual performance and enjoyment. This can cause diabetes-related sexual dysfunction in men as well as in women. Men and women with diabetes also should be aware of sexual function issues that affect both sexes. Other factors can cause or exacerbate sexual dysfunction, including psychological issues, self-consciousness and fear of failure. If you are experiencing impotence or sexual dysfunction, it's important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Diabetes can cause nerve and artery damage in the genital area, disrupting the blood flow necessary for an erection. This is more common in older men who have had diabetes for a long time. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity - all common among men with diabetes - as well as smoking, can contribute to the problem. Some men with diabetes experience retrograde ejaculation, which means that the ejaculate goes backward into the bladder instead of being discharged during climax. This condition does not affect orgasm, but it can make it difficult to father a child. Diabetes-related nerve damage can cause vaginal dryness that makes intercourse uncomfortable. Nerve damage also can lead to loss of sensation in the genital area, making orgasm difficult or impossible to achieve. Urinary infections are more common in people with poorly controlled diabetes and can cause discomfort for women during intercourse and for men during urination and ejaculation. These generally are temporary complications, but they can recur. Sexual activity should be stopped during treatment of urinary tract and yeast infections, which also are relatively common in people with diabetes. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be transmit Continue reading >>

Diabetes Transmitted Sexually

Diabetes Transmitted Sexually

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Sex, Urinary, And Bladder Problems Of Diabetes

Sex, Urinary, And Bladder Problems Of Diabetes

What sexual problems can occur in men with diabetes? Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction is a consistent inability to have an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The condition includes the total inability to have an erection and the inability to sustain an erection. Estimates of the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes vary widely, ranging from 20 to 75 percent. Men who have diabetes are two to three times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than men who do not have diabetes. Among men with erectile dysfunction, those with diabetes may experience the problem as much as 10 to 15 years earlier than men without diabetes. Research suggests that erectile dysfunction may be an early marker of diabetes, particularly in men ages 45 and younger. In addition to diabetes, other major causes of erectile dysfunction include high blood pressure, kidney disease, alcohol abuse, and blood vessel disease. Erectile dysfunction may also occur because of the side effects of medications, psychological factors, smoking, and hormonal deficiencies. Men who experience erectile dysfunction should consider talking with a health care provider. The health care provider may ask about the patient's medical history, the type and frequency of sexual problems, medications, smoking and drinking habits, and other health conditions. A physical exam and laboratory tests may help pinpoint causes of sexual problems. The health care provider will check blood glucose control and hormone levels and may ask the patient to do a test at home that checks for erections that occur during sleep. The health care provider may also ask whether the patient is depressed or has recently experienced upsetting changes in his life. Treatments for erectile dysfunction caused by nerve damage, Continue reading >>

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