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Old 08-19-2008, 05:24 AM   #1
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diabetes, and sex life

hi, my partner has type two diabetes and has done since the age of 12. he is now 37.
I feel slightly guilty in writing this, as its personal and its something we have only breifly touched apon in discussion, as he doesnt like to talk about it, and it upsets him im sure though he doesnt show it.
He (we..) suffers from ED(erectile disfunction) and can only get an erection with the taking of viagra, although this helps it only ever seems to be a semi erection and penertration is always difficult. I have heard impotance can be a normal occurance for type two diabetes in men, but is there any other pills that could give him a stronger erection? does anyone have a partner that suffers the same or are you a man who has the same problem that i have described?
I need to communicate about this as it does affect both of our sex lives. If you have any suggestions please get in touch; I have other issues on this subject but will leave it as this for now.

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Old 08-19-2008, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: diabetes, and sex life

A friend of mine suffers from ED due to health issues he kind of brought onto himself. From what I understand, nerve and vessel damage are what cause the ED. Diabetes can cause the nerve and vessel damage, although my friend caused it other ways.

Either way.. he used Viagra with limited success. He then tried Cialis and says for him it was much more efficient. At 50 he is older than your husband but he says Cialis provides the erections he had when he was was 20. It may be worth a try.

Old 08-19-2008, 06:49 AM   #3
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:51 PM   #4
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Re: diabetes, and sex life

i'm a type 1 diadetic (bit of a different animal than type 2) diagnosed at age 10, i'm now 53. when ed began to be a problem i tried viagra with very little effect. i did try a couple "herbal" tpe remedies to limited success after cialis was released i asked for it at once. cialis works much better for me than viagra, haven't tried levitra. might see if he'll try a different 'scrip. i have noticed that any vitamins that increase blood flow (niacin for example) make cialis work better, too.
good luck

Old 10-16-2008, 03:04 PM   #5
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I am much older than your husband and suffer from the same difficulty....due to diabetes. I have a 20 year history of type II.

I have not tried Cialis, but Viagra and Levitra both give me an erection which is only semi-rigid and does not extend to full length, one which would be almost impossible to use successfully for coitus.

In years gone by, I took some testosterone injections and used Niacin and had good success. But the atherosclerosis in me has advanced and in the last few years, it doesn't work anymore.

I am going to suggest something that is not a pill, and is non-invasive. It is a penis-pump, a vacuum device which is placed over the penis and partially evacuated to produce an erection. Once the penis has achieved usable hardness, a rubber ring slips down off the vacuum device onto the base of the penis and holds the penis engorged with blood.

This device may be used instead of, or in addition to, drugs such as Cialis or Viagra. It is stated to be effective in producing a useful erection in about 90% of men. It is safe and not too expensive.

Although no prescriptions are needed for it, it is good to discuss its use and application with a doctor before spending the money for it.

I began to "practice" with mine as instructed by a urologist and the company who supplied the unit to me (surprisingly, it was covered by insurance, too with the urologist's script) but suffered an injury and needed a surgical procedure in my groin a month ago. So I cannot say what the ultimate outcome of my use of the device will be. But it seems to work in the limited amount I tried before the injury.

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