Does sex raise your blood sugar levels?

By KE5ICS Latest Reply 2018-05-26 18:26:14 -0500
Started 2011-12-06 12:39:37 -0600

I know when you are stressed your blood sugar levels can be raised a little. Sexual intercourse is also strenuous activity that may hover in the same area does anyone know if sex has any bearing on the raising of those levels. Even though the activity may also lower your levels.

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Beanie318 2016-01-31 16:40:05 -0600 Report

My reading was 305 before sex, 264 after. Not a huge difference I guess, but it was a spur of the moment quickie, so it dropped that much in less than 30 min:)

SteveD430 2013-02-18 18:40:14 -0600 Report

I suggest everyone joins in this survey, and everyone ensures the results demonstrate that sex is good for your BG level.

JoshTan 2012-08-04 11:18:39 -0500 Report

Yes, with a partner, masturbation or both! Sexual pleasure releases endorphins and encourages production of hormones. Both usually elevates blood sugar levels. Walking at 3 miles per hour for ten minutes will barley if at all affects blood sugar levels. So for marathon sex, forget about it. That energy is less than a 10 minute 3 mile per hour walk… sorry. Test for yourself , no two bodies are the same. Test 15 minutes before (POW) your marathon!, then test 15 minutes after.

pixsidust 2011-12-28 22:11:39 -0600 Report

Are you serious? ;-) Ha Ha!
Hey when that's going on, sticking my fingers to test
is the last thing on my mind!
I will never know the answer to this one!

Caroltoo 2011-12-28 22:54:27 -0600 Report

For a more scientific approach that doesn't stiffle the fun, test an hour before and an hour after.

Sex and orgasm is a pretty complete body exercise. I'm guessing the arousal period is considered stress (even pleasant stress counts as stress) and the post coital reading would be down because of the exercise and immediate cessation of stress.

pixsidust 2011-12-29 20:54:31 -0600 Report

Nah! That requires planning. This is one thing in my life that shall not be analyzed.

jayabee52 2011-12-30 16:06:35 -0600 Report

I heard they FAKED most of it! Which takes my mind in an interesting direction: What is the BG consequences of Faking the big O?

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-12-13 06:15:08 -0600 Report

This seem like a good spot for this
Research shows that there are 7 kinds of sex.

The 1st kind of sex is called: Smurf Sex. * This kind of sex happens when
you first meet someone, and you both have sex until you are blue in the face.

The 2nd kind of sex is called: Kitchen Sex. * This is when you have been
with your partner for a short time, and you are so needy you will have sex
anywhere, even in the kitchen.

The 3rd kind of sex is called: Bedroom Sex. This is when you have been with
your partner for a long time, your sex has gotten routine, and you usually have
sex only in your bedroom.

The 4th kind of sex is called: Hallway Sex * This is when you have been with
your partner for too long. When you pass each other in the hallway you both say
'Screw you.'

The 5th kind of sex is called: Religious Sex. * This means you get Nun in
the morning, Nun in the afternoon, and Nun at night. (Very Popular)

The 6th kind is called Courtroom Sex. * This is when you cannot stand your
wife any more. She takes you to court and screws you in front of everyone.

And; Last, but not least, The 7th kind of sex is called: Social Security
Sex. You get a little each month, but not enough to enjoy yourself.


Pappy03 2011-12-13 23:09:45 -0600 Report

Great!!! LOL I guess I fall into the 4th kind. LOL

Caroltoo 2011-12-13 23:13:39 -0600 Report

Would think that would quickly lead to the 5th level. :(

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Trouble Breathing 49 2013-10-05 14:18:33 -0500 Report

If a Man (My Brother?) was to have unusually above normal sex, maybe far above, would it affect His blood levels or cause other medical problems?

Nick1962 2011-12-13 08:53:56 -0600 Report

During our diet class, the instructor defined aerobic activity as any activity that can raise your heartbeat consistently for 20 minutes. One smart aleck piped up and asked “does that include sex?” Without missing a beat his wife said “she said 20 minutes”

annesmith 2011-12-11 00:52:27 -0600 Report

I was reading somewhere once that sex is equivalent to exercise, so , if you overdo it, it'll lower the blood glucose. ANNE

2010caligirl 2011-12-10 23:58:47 -0600 Report

What an intersting question, I've been wondering the same thing for awhile. I haven't taken the time to figure it out yet, but I do know my numbers are higher when I am with my boyfriend as opposed to when I am at home, but I think it has to do more with my level of activity such as running around the house, cleaning, and walking the dog than it does with or without sex. I also know that if you don't eat regularly it can be high or low cause even if its a little on the higher than normal side then eating and taking meds will get it back to where it needs to be.

So I think I might just have to investigate a little more on this subject and get back to you. Of course I'll have to track for awhile since stress changes things and holidays make stress. Do your own investigation as well since everyone is different. Even get your partner in on it since the curiousity might get you more (wink, wink)

Caroltoo 2011-12-08 17:33:21 -0600 Report

Just browsed through some of my sex therapy texts and find them very quiet on the BG question though there is much to say about the effects of stress on sexual ability and of sexual activity to stress levels. We've all heard about the connections between ED and diabetes.

So…if you are actually curious about this, how about an experiment? Take your BG an hour before as a baseline and a hour after orgasm for a post test. Let's see what the scores are and how they trend (up or down in the post)?

Young1s 2011-12-08 19:23:42 -0600 Report

Awesome suggestion. That goes for us ladies too. Even though not many of us have replied so far, that doesn't mean that we aren't wondering about this too.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-11 09:50:38 -0600 Report

What is that?? HAHA! It's been so long, this is one thing I don't have to worry about!!!

meowbat 2011-12-13 05:41:43 -0600 Report

If It could raise anything I'd be happy!!! I have found "D" to be an equal opportunity buzz kill!!!

lifedriver 2011-12-08 13:53:12 -0600 Report

Well, from my perspective it lower my BG. LOL however I am unique in my sex drive more, more and more is my motto. so sometime I need an extra sugar spike to bring it back up. lol My BS levels

KE5ICS 2011-12-08 14:39:46 -0600 Report

Same here my wife thought it would slow me down by having this pump but too bad for her.

GabbyPA 2011-12-07 21:49:43 -0600 Report

A lot of it may depend on where your levels are before you start. If you are high, sometimes you will not go lower. It is weird how it works. Exercise (no matter the type) should be done with levels no lower than 100 and no higher than 300. So as long as you fall in that area, you may find even if it increases, it may lower later.

LindseyLou993 2011-12-07 11:27:48 -0600 Report

Actually, I find it LOWERS my bg! Which I think is wonderful :)

I also find my bgs will raise when I don't have sex for awhile.

However, simply being around my boyfriend lowers my bgs…probably just because I am happier and less stressed. It's entirely possible that my bgs are higher w/o sex because I am not with him

We go to schools three hours away so there's some times when I don't see him for almost a month…about the third week in my bgs creep higher and higher!

jayabee52 2011-12-06 18:42:52 -0600 Report


I haven't had full-on sex since I had been divorced in 2001. and when I was able to have complete the act, I wasn't thinking about my BG levels to be sure! (with my bride Jem I wasn't able to complete the act due to persistent ED. but we did everything else that we could.) And really, I had never thought about it.

But now you brought it up it piqued my curiosity, so I googled the question.

There's not much out on the web about the topic (at least the way I had my query phrased) In fact I found 1 discussion on it on Yahoo answers here:~

The consensus from the folks who answered is that it lowered one's BG levels, probably because it was "exercise".

Perhaps if and when I find another love for the rest of my life I perhaps may be more interested.

I wonder if anyone who wears a Continuous Glucose Monitor would have an answer to this question?

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timber wolf 89 2011-12-06 20:28:10 -0600 Report

Well I know my Glucose level goes down when I have sex but thats just me it may be different with others . I was asked if I had a trouble with ED by my Doctor and I told him no thank God not yet and I hope I don't .