Chronic depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. But there are some tried-and-true ways to successfully treat depression without ruining your sex life. It curbs sex drive, yet sex can boost your mood and is important for relationships. What’s most important, experts say, is to never stop depression treatment out of fear that your relationships and sex live will suffer. And some depression medicines can curb your libido. That’s because depression itself can hurt relationships and may cause loved ones to take these problems personally. “In depression, the chemical soup often isn’t right,” says Russell Stambaugh, Ph D, a sex therapist in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a spokesman for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. “The brain is important for sexuality because of the chemistry, but it’s also important for ideas. Men and women struggle equally with sexual problems during depression. It helps how you experience pleasure and how you define it.” Whatever is happening with your sex life, it's important to treat depression first. Depression is the top cause of disability in the U. People with chronic depression can experience a loss of desire, take longer to orgasm, and simply find sex less enjoyable. “The whole process of sexual arousal starts with the ability to anticipate pleasure, which is lost with depression,” says Frederick K. In fact, it’s very common in people battling depression – and this presents a bit of a Catch-22.“The risks versus benefits should be weighed,” Collom explained. “If depression is causing significant impairment in one's life, then treatment may be necessary. This should be determined with your health care professional.”So, is there anything you can do to combat the low libido caused by antidepressants? “For men, some medications such as Levitra, Viagra, and Cialis can be of some benefit,” Collum said.“Men should also get testosterone levels checked. Though (it’s) not indicated for women, some studies using Viagra in women have shown positive results with sexual side effects. Women should always get hormone levels checked.”There’s another option as well, Collom noted.“Changing to Wellbutrin (another antidepressant that works only on dopamine and norepinephrine receptors) or adding it to an SSRI can help counteract sexual side effects,” he said. In other words, not all antidepressants have sexual side effects.“Wellbutrin has been shown to have no sexual side effects due to its mechanism of action,” Collom said.
WARNING SUICIDALITY AND ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS. ZOLOFT and other antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some people 24 years of age and younger, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Sertraline Zoloft There is a slightly decreased risk of sexual side effects with the medications buproprion. can lead to a feeling of self-consciousness that results in a decreased sex drive.