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If antidepressants are killing your sex life, here's what you can do

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Antidepressants and Sexual Side Effects #

Taking antidepressants can improve mental health, but it may cause sexual side effects for some individuals. These effects include a decrease in libido, difficulty becoming aroused, problems with reaching orgasm or having satisfying orgasms, and ejaculation issues. The most common class of antidepressants associated with sexual dysfunction is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which work by increasing serotonin levels. This increase in serotonin can hinder libido and mental arousal. Additionally, SSRIs may restrict blood flow, impacting physical arousal and orgasm. While not everyone experiences these side effects, some individuals may be more susceptible due to underlying factors. Treatment options include adjusting medication dosage, scheduling drug-free periods, switching to alternative medications, or adding non-psychiatric medications to counteract the effects. It is important to work with a doctor to find the best solution for managing both mental health and sexual function.