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Antidepressants & Sexual Dysfunction | Psychology of Sex

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Be a Cake Insider! Sign up for CakeMade's newsletter for cake decorating news, trends and tutorials. http://bit.ly/1neFl9g Watch more How to Understand Sex videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/501412-5-Tips-If-You-Feel-Pressured-for-Sex-Psychology-of-Sex Learn how antidepressants can cause sexual dysfunction and strategies for coping from sex therapist Dr. Megan Fleming in this Howcast video. So if you're on antidepressants and concerned about sexual function, I want to let you know that there are a lot of treatment options and strategies available. It's certainly true that certain antidepressants; the SSRIs in particular, do have known sexual side effects. Predominately it can lead to loss of libido and difficulty with arousal, so with men that may be problems with erection and, or, delayed ejaculation. For women, difficulty with lubrication and again, delayed orgasm, and the part I want you to get is, usually it's a dose-related side effect, so the less you need, the less severe you may experience the sexual symptom. This is certainly a conversation to have with your doctor because, first and foremost you're taking this medication to treat depression and that is the first priority, but there're options because if you can be doing well with a lower dose, they may be able to supplement with another medication like, Wellbutrin that also is an antidepressant but doesn't have sexual side affects. It's important that you begin this conversation with your doctor about what, if any sexual symptoms you notice. As well as realizing, sometimes you just need more time to get aroused and need a little bit more sexual stimulation. So, instead of getting frustrated, just take it slow and give yourself all the time that you need and realize, maybe you need a little bit of lubricant or maybe you need, perhaps, a vibrator or sex toy to get the additional stimulation, but that ultimately, it's important to find the right balance for you between your depressive symptoms and enjoying your sex.