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Viagra Improves Sex Life of Diabetic Women

Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006

Young women with diabetes with sexual dysfunction may find that Viagra (sildenafil) improves arousal, orgasm and sexual enjoyment and decreases pain during intercourse.

 
Diabetic women may experience sexual dysfunction due to vaginal dryness, discomfort, and other factors, Dr. Salvatore Caruso and associates, from the University of Catania in Italy, note in their paper, published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. Some of Viagra's physiologic effects, which are beneficial in men, may also be helpful for women, they hypothesized.

Diabetic women may experience sexual dysfunction due to neurovascular alterations, causing diminished clitoral sensation, vaginal dryness and discomfort, orgasmic dysfunction, and dyspareunia

To test their theory, they recruited 32 women with type 1 diabetes who in the past had experienced normal sexual desire, but currently experienced sexual dysfunction -- for 3.5 years on average.

The subjects were randomly assigned to sildenafil 100 mg and placebo in a crossover study. Treatment was 8 weeks, with a 1-week washout period. The women were instructed to take the medication 1 hour before sexual intercourse.

The subjects were randomly assigned to Viagra or inactive "placebo" and then the opposite treatment for 8 weeks at a time. The women were instructed to take the medication 1 hour before sexual intercourse.

Viagra use was associated with significantly improved arousal, orgasm, and enjoyment. Only desire and frequency did not change significantly.

Color Doppler ultrasound was used to measure clitoral blood flow. Sildenafil, but not placebo, was associated with improved blood flow, mean peak systolic velocity and end diastolic velocity compared with baseline. Mean resistance index was significantly lower with respect to baseline and placebo, while pulsatility index was significantly higher.

 

Source: Diabetes In Control: Fertility and Sterility, May 2006

 
 
 
 
 
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