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Do antidepressants affect your sex life?

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Some antidepressants can have an effect on sex. The problem is usually in having an orgasm rather than a lack of desire. But because depression itself decreases libido, a medication that eases depression may improve your sex life. As with other side effects, certain antidepressants may be more likely than others to cause sexual problems.

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Stone, M. British Medical Journal, Aug. 11, 2009.

Milane, M. PLoS Medicine, 3(6): e220.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Antidepressant Medicines - A Guide for Adults With Depression.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Michigan: “Depressive Disorders.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Southern California: “Antidepressants: Are They Zapping Your Sex Life?”

University of Puget Sound.

Kate Muller, PsyD, associate director, Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, PC, Allentown, Pa.

PrimaryPsychiatry.com: "Remission of Depression: How Effective are Antidepressants?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Stone, M. British Medical Journal, Aug. 11, 2009.

Milane, M. PLoS Medicine, 3(6): e220.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Antidepressant Medicines - A Guide for Adults With Depression.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Michigan: “Depressive Disorders.”

Columbia University Health Services: “Medications.”

University of Southern California: “Antidepressants: Are They Zapping Your Sex Life?”

University of Puget Sound.

Kate Muller, PsyD, associate director, Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, PC, Allentown, Pa.

PrimaryPsychiatry.com: "Remission of Depression: How Effective are Antidepressants?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 27, 2019

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