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The Link Between Poorly Managed Diabetes and Infertility

The Link Between Poorly Managed Diabetes and Infertility

More than 30 million people across the United States feel the impacts of diabetes. Diabetes, a chronic condition that occurs when your body can’t process the hormone insulin correctly, or when your body doesn’t produce sufficient insulin, results in high blood sugar.

Health complications related to diabetes include weight gain, heart disease, and an increased risk of nerve damage. Did you know that diabetes can also impact your ability to conceive or get pregnant? It’s a fact that diabetes can cause fertility problems for both men and women.

At the New York Fertility Institute of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, our team of LGBTQ+ friendly fertility specialists can help you more fully understand the possible causes of your reproductive health concerns. Here’s what we want our patients from around New York City to understand about uncontrolled diabetes and fertility issues.

The impacts of diabetes on female fertility

For women, diabetes can complicate fertility in several ways. And, uncontrolled or poorly managed diabetes increases your risk of diabetes-related fertility problems.

Diabetes can result in both obesity and being underweight, and both of these issues can make it harder for you to get pregnant.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often occurs in women who are overweight or who have Type 2 diabetes. This hormonal condition negatively affects your fertility by disrupting your regular menstrual cycle. If you have Type 2 diabetes and PCOS, you also have a higher risk of endometrial or uterine cancer, which can result in infertility.

And, if you have Type 1 diabetes, you’re more likely to undergo premature menopause, with cessation of your periods occurring before you turn 40, shrinking your fertility window and presenting challenges for your family planning.

Diabetes and male fertility

Men can also experience fertility issues as a result of untreated or poorly managed diabetes.

Diabetes increases your risk of nerve damage and can lead to erectile dysfunction, difficulty maintaining an erection, or ejaculatory dysfunction. You could experience a total lack of ejaculation, or retrograde ejaculation that fails to move forward. All of these issues make it challenging for affected men to conceive without medical assistance.

Men with diabetes are also at risk of semen and sperm abnormalities. These include problems with sperm motility, low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape, or decreased DNA integrity.

Fertility support

If you want to conceive a child after diabetes, you may need the support of fertility specialists to counter the effects of your diabetes on your reproductive health. The team at the New York Fertility Institute can recommend the right procedures for your family plan.

Keeping your diabetes well-managed and your blood sugar within a normal range can reduce your risk of infertility or fertility issues. Make sure you’re getting the diabetes care and treatment you need to stay healthy.

You can schedule an appointment at the New York Fertility Institute over the phone, or book online now.

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