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    Female Sexual Dysfunction Common in Type 1 Diabetes

    Depression linked to problem, which may involve loss of libido and other sexual symptoms

    WEDNESDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Depression may raise the risk of female sexual dysfunction in women with type 1 diabetes, many of whom have sexual difficulties, according to research published in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

    Paul Enzlin, Ph.D., of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven & University Hospitals Gasthuisberg in Leuven, Belgium, and colleagues analyzed data from 424 sexually active women with type 1 diabetes participating in the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications study. Women self-reported any sexual difficulties, and researchers assessed them for depression.

    A moderately high proportion of the women -- 35 percent -- met the criteria for female sexual dysfunction, the researchers report. In these women, common issues were loss of libido (57 percent) and problems with orgasm (51 percent) and lubrication (47 percent). In multivariate analysis, depression and marital status remained predictors of female sexual dysfunction, the report indicates.

    "Considering that female sexual dysfunction can have an important negative effect on quality of life and partner relationships, the sexual difficulties of women with diabetes warrant more attention in both research and practice. Similar to the annual evaluation of diabetes complications, women with type 1 diabetes should also be regularly queried about the presence of depressive symptoms, sexual function and sexual satisfaction," the authors conclude.

    A number of companies provided free or discounted products for the project that generated this data, and Genentech provided support.

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