Sexual Dysfunction Research

What is Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants?

Sexual dysfunction in antidepressants is a recent discovery that has shown that certain properties of antidepressant medicines have sexual side-effects that interfere with sexual activity. Therefore, individuals taking antidepressant medication are much less-likely to be as aroused by sex or to want to perform it.

What is Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants caused by?

Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants seems to be caused by the presence of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are a common group of chemicals that make up antidepressant drugs. There seems to be a relationship between the SSRIs and the sexual side effects that it causes, leading to sexual dysfunction.

How is Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants diagnosed?

Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants is usually diagnosed with medicine and/or therapy, depending on the individual.

How common is Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants?

According to the National Health and Social Life Survey, approximately 43 percent of women and 30 percent of men in the general population have sexual complaints. In patients with depression, the estimates are much higher at around 70 to 80 percent,” says Michael L. Krychman, MD, executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine in Newport Beach. “Some estimate decreased libido to occur in 50 percent of women with major depression. Others have even increased the estimate.”

What are the symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants?

Lack of interest in sex, lack of arousal, or an inability to reach orgasm.

What are the treatments for Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants?

Switching to another antidepressant, adding a second antidepressant or another type of medication to counter sexual side effects.

What happens if Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants goes untreated?

If Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants goes untreated, a likely result is that the physical and psychological effects of the dysfunction will worsen over time, such as amplified sexual dysfunction, loss of self-esteem, and other effects to the individual’s quality of life.

What new research is being done for Sexual Dysfunction in antidepressants?

Most of the latest research being conducted to combat sexual dysfunction in antidepressants has been to test sexual enhancement drugs on individuals with sexual dysfunction problems due to antidepressants or to try different doses of or change antidepressant medications.

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