Diabetes provokes a range of reproductive and sexual health problems: menstrual changes, fertility disorders, urinary and vaginal infections, urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. Early diagnosis and treatment of these problems, with well-planned pre-conception care, can protect maternal and infant health. In this report, Seyda Ozcan and Nevin Sahin call for reproductive and sexual healthcare to be included in women’s diabetes management plan. Their article explores the impact of diabetes on women’s reproductive health from childbearing to later life, looks at the role of diabetes healthcare providers, and offers recommendations for pre-conception diabetes care.
reproductive health, pre-conception care, sexual dysfunction