Here’s What Antidepressants Actually Do To Your Sex Drive

    When your happiness and your orgasms are pitted against each other, it's pretty much a lose-lose situation.

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    This week’s question: Can antidepressants ruin your sex life?

    It’s true: Antidepressants can absolutely screw with your sex drive.

    But not everyone will be sexless while on these pills.

    So how do SSRIs mess with libido? Actually, it's the same way they help treat anxiety and depression.

    These sexual side effects can include lowered libido, inability to orgasm, delayed orgasm, or erectile dysfunction.

    But just because you have low desire while on antidepressants, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the medication’s fault.

    So, what happens when you need to be on antidepressants to feel better, but they make your sex life suck?

    You might be able to lower your dose, add another pill, or try another method.

    And there are things you can try to increase desire.

    So about that orgasm… You might just need to compromise here and accept that it’ll take a little more time or stimulation to get you off.

    The bottom line: Antidepressants can be great for your mental health and shitty for your sexual health. But there are ways around that!