From Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico, Mexico:
I was 23 years old when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Now I am 25 years old and my husband and I are thinking of having a child. During the last year I have had many problems with high blood sugars. My questions are basically the following: Will diabetes reduce sexual activity? What method of birth control will be the best for planning my family? If the probability of my child getting diabetes is 5-10% then what can I do to reduce this risk or at least maintain the risk in this range? Is there another treatment that can take the place of insulin?
I will answer your questions in order.
- A few years of diabetes should not have any effect on sexual activity.
- The type of birth control you use depends on several factors. If you are not planning on having children within the next 6 to 12 months, then oral contraceptive pills would be fine. If you are planning on having children soon, then a barrier method such as condoms or a diaphragm would be best since these have no effect on ovulation.
- I am not aware of anything you can do during the pregnancy to reduce the risk of your children developing diabetes.
- At the moment, a good diet, exercise and especially insulin are necessary to control diabetes.
Original posting 26 Sep 97
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
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