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Antidepressants and Sex
About a year ago, I went on Paxil. I have been very happy with it - I'm no longer depressed, and am finally enjoying life! However, my sex drive is now non-existent. My husband is thrilled that my depression is under control, but I know he notices that I would rather read a book and go to bed than have sex. I'll come up with any excuse to get out of it!
I'm sure others out there have had the same experience - my doctor warned me this might happen - so I'm wondering if anybody has the answer to getting their sex drive back while on Paxil or other ant- depressants. Is there a female Viagra out there? Herbs? Should I take a trip to Good Vibrations? Happy but Sexless
The good news is that my SSRI (Lexapro) is working. I am feeling much better, enjoying my kids and my husband. So good, in fact, I even feel like having sex! One small problem -- the anti depressant has definately interfeared with my ability to, um, er, achieve an orgasm. This is not a problem I normally have and I am certain it is a side effect of the medication (I experienced this when I took Zoloft some years ago) I will discuss it with my doctor, but I wonder if there is some good advice/folk wisdom about how to handle what I am sure must be a common situation. Thanks.
How about trying homeopathy? Many of the remedies are aimed at emotional/psychlogical issues. Might help, can't hurt. I could recommend Christine Ciavarella at Hahnemann Clinic on San Pablo. I've seen her a number of times and really felt I could talk to her. Good luck
You are correct in saying that Prozac is inhibitive. The question becomes which came first, depression or difficulties with sex? Without knowing you better I cannot say. Did your doctor say that medication may not need to be a long term thing because often once brain chemicals are put in balance they often remain that way? Cunsult with your Internist about possibly going without the Prozac for a time now that you are feeling better otherwise. I would not be suprised to find a return of your libido and happier times ahead! May God continue to bless you.
I've been on anti-depressants for a number of years, for depression and for physiologically-based pain that responds well to certain antidepressants. Depression has never really affected my sex drive (though maybe it's sullied my loving creativity), and I've generally been more sex-oriented than my husband in the 15+ years we've been together.
We're contemplating pregnancy, the doctors say I should stay on meds, so I've switched from Imipramine (tricyclic, bad bad bad for embryos) to Paxil (SSRI, with FDA pregnancy rating of B). Results have been excellent pain control, much more energy and better mood than on Imipramine, and (BAM!) no sex drive, at least at first.
Some months later I'm still on Paxil and my sex drive is *much* improved. My husband has gotten much more seductive than he's ever been, which is a lot of fun for me. Giving each other loving massages has helped in a zillion ways, both to substitute for sex and pave the way for lovemaking. Also, we took a beginning meditation class at Nyingma Institite, and somehow ended up making love more often than we ever had in all the time we've known each other. The type of meditation taught in the beginning classes brings about loving energy and joy that seemed to be what we needed. (There are other styles taught at Nyingma and elsewhere. Nyingma Institute is at 843-6812; a couple of blocks from Northside.)
Re breastfeeding: At this point I anticipate that my doctors will wants me to breastfeed while while remaining on Paxil.
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