It is important for people to be open and honest with their doctors regarding all health concerns—even problems with sexual function. The ability to keep an erection can also be affected, because the brain must communicate with the nerves to hold blood in the penis. Because having diabetes raises the risk of sexual dysfunction in both men and women, you might expect that our rates of STD's would be less. Now, something to think about before any of you goes off on a rant: When there is an inadequate amount of insulin in the body, the glucose remains in the blood, thereby elevating blood sugar levels. What the eff's up with that? If left untreated, conditions such as kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness can occur. For people who already have diabetes, sexual problems can indicate nerve damage, blocked arteries, and even out-of-whack hormones. Even if you're shy, it's important to discuss issues of painful sex with a doctor. As for the present, Lindau says some women use clitoral pumps to aid blood flow but notes that the device isn't for everyone. We are PWDs freely and openly sharing the wisdom of our collected experiences — our been-there-done-that knowledge from the trenches. Most women don't climax from intercourse alone, anyway. If you are a woman with vaginal dryness, a vaginal lubricant can make sex feel better. A common complication that occurs in diabetic individuals is hyperglycemia which is characterized by excessively high blood sugar levels. And keep your skin healthy and use a condom. Treating women isn't quite as simple. It is important to consult a doctor before taking any kind of natural remedy.